Maryland school safety summit gather in hope of change

Posted at 8:50 AM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 20:15:47-04

In an effort to keep Maryland schools safer, officials will meet on Thursday for a school safety summit.

The 2018 Maryland Center for School Safety Summit will take place at the Maryland National Guard Armory. The meeting was originally scheduled for March 22 but was postponed after the Great Mills High School shooting in St. Mary's County and inclement weather. 

During the summit, leaders from the state's 24 school systems will discuss safety preparation and violence prevention efforts. Also, St. Mary's County Deputy Sheriff Blaine Gaskill, the School Resource Officer credited with ending the Great Mills High School shooting, will be presented with the National Award for Valor by the National Association of School Resource Officers. 

The summit will mostly focus on state-of-the-art preparation and prevention ideas as well as protocols in the morning at schools. Administrators will discuss safety with their local law enforcement in hopes to come up with more safety ideas and plans.