Students at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland on Tuesday returned to class for the first time since a deadly shooting there two weeks ago.
Officials say 17-year-old student Austin Wyatt Rollins walked into the school with his father’s pistol just minutes before the first bell on March 20. He approached classmate Jaelynn Willey, 16, and shot her once in the head. That bullet also struck 14-year-old Desmond Barnes in the leg.
St. Mary’s County school administrators said there would be extra counselors and mental health providers on site to help students as they return to school. The school was closed for the rest of the week after the shooting, which then led into the system-wide spring break.
Some Great Mills have turned to advocacy since the shooting two weeks ago. Just four days after the incident, a group of green-and-gold clad students, alumni and teachers poured into Washington for the March for Our Lives anti-gun violence rally.
Jaelynn Willey was a dedicated swimmer, a loving sister and was known for making the most delicious chocolate chip cookies. The 16-year-old was fatally wounded last week during a shooting at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland.