Baltimore, MD – Police are on the scene of a shooting at Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore.
Police responded to a call for shots fired shortly after 12 noon on Friday, WBFF reported.
Jayne Miller from WBAL tweeted that one person was shot, and another person was in custody.
“ALERT: Frederick Douglass High School is on lockdown, following a shooting of a staff member by an adult visitor to the school. STUDENTS AND REMAINING STAFF ARE SAFE, and police are on site. We will update as more information becomes available,” Baltimore City Schools tweeted.
An ambulance was seen leaving the campus, WBAL reported.
Initial reports were that a student had a grievance with a coach, and called for an adult to come to the school, WBFF reported live from the scene.
The grievance may have been related to a student having his cell phone taken from him.
The adult shooter was allegedly allowed into the school, where he opened fire on a coach.
It was not known if the adult was a family member of the student who called him, WBFF reported.
Witnesses reported having heard at least four shots in the school.
The Baltimore Police Department said the Baltimore school police were handling the investigation, according to WBFF.
Baltimore Police Spokesman Jeremy Silver told WBFF that all of the students are safe at this time, and the school remains in lockdown.
The Baltimore City school board recently voted not to arm school resource officers in the school system.
The Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore is also the only jurisdiction in the state with a dedicated school police force.
Local police and sheriff’s departments protect schools throughout the rest of Maryland and may carry their weapons while on duty in the schools.
But school resource officers in Baltimore may only carry their guns when they are patrolling the exterior campus of schools during the day, and in the school after hours.
School resource officer are required to lock up their guns at the start of the school day, WBAL reported.
Maryland State Delegate Cheryl Glenn’s had proposed legislation that would have overturned the earlier law that banned school resource officers carrying during school hours, The Baltimore Sun reported.
However, the school board’s vote has effectively put the kibosh on Glenn’s new bill.
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