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Perry Hall High gets grant to recover from shooting

$35,000 from U.S. Department of Education to help with counseling

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

12:09 PM EST, March 8, 2013

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Perry Hall High School has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to assist in its efforts to recover from a shooting on the first day of school.

George Roberts, principal of the high school in Baltimore County, said the school applied for the Project School Emergency Response to Violence grant shortly after the shooting took place. It will assist the school with bringing in part-time counselors, or temporary crisis counselors that could be used for tragic events, such as the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Roberts said.

"It's allowed us to recoup the costs of some additional counseling services," Roberts said. "We are certainly grateful to the Department of Education."

The Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded more than $31.5 million to 105 grantees since the grant program began in 2001.

"Senseless shootings disrupt the lives of students, schools and communities," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a news release. "We hope these resources will help the learning process continue and support the community as it recovers."

On Aug. 27, student Robert W. Gladden Jr., 15, opened fire in the Perry Hall High cafeteria, injuring another student. Gladden pleaded guilty and was sentenced last month to 35 years in prison.

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