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Hall monitor injured in Baltimore school shooting

The man who allegedly shot a hall monitor inside Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore Friday morning has been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder and assorted firearm violations, the Baltimore Sun reports.


No students were injured in the school shooting, but district officials identified the hall monitor credited with preventing further bloodshed as Michael Marks, 56. He was reported to be in serious but stable condition Saturday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was shot in the lower torso, according to ABC News.

“In a city where violence is too present, our schools must be havens of safety and peace, where confrontation and weapons have no place,” the Sun quoted Baltimore City schools CEO Sonja Santelises as saying. “I can tell you that both our officers and our injured staff member did everything to ensure the safety of our students.”


Douglass High School (By EminonukOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link)

The 25-year-old man charged in connection with this incident was said to be a relative of a student at Douglass, which serves about 900 students. Enrollment is down about 200 from the previous year in this public high school, one of 23 in the city. The overwhelming majority of students are listed as economically disadvantaged, and about 62 percent are boys.

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