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Baltimore's Douglass High to be closed Thursday to allow staff to plan support for students following shooting

A 25-year-old man entered Frederick Douglass High School shortly after noon and shot a hall monitor, police said. (Ulysses Muñoz / Baltimore Sun video)

The Baltimore City school system said it will not hold classes at Frederick Douglass High School on Thursday to give staff time “to plan counseling and support for students” following an attack on a staff member Friday.

The school dismissed at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday after being open for about three hours. The school system sent out an alert late Wednesday advising staff to report to the school on Thursday, and saying counseling would be available.

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“This is about helping students re-enter the school community and giving them the support they need after a traumatic experience,” said district spokeswoman Edie House Foster.

Wenesday was the first day of classes for students after Friday’s shooting. Classes were canceled at the high school Monday and Tuesday because of bad weather.

Police say Neil Davis, a 25-year-old relative of a student at the school, entered the building and shot 56-year-old Michael Marks, a special education assistant and former assistant basketball coach.

Davis was arrested and also charged with a November homicide.

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