Lone school resource officer who engaged gunman may have saved lives: Governor

first_imgSt. Mary’s County Sheriffs Office Recruiting/Facebook, FILE(GREAT MILLS, Md.) — When shots were fired inside the halls of a Maryland high school Tuesday morning, a school resource officer jumped into action to confront the gunman, and his quick response may have saved lives, according to the governor.Austin Rollins, 17, allegedly shot and injured two other teenagers at Great Mills High School in Great Mills this morning, authorities said.The school’s sole resource officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill, responded immediately, engaging the suspect and firing a round, authorities said.The shooter fired a round, too, nearly simultaneously, authorities said. The suspect was injured and has since died at a hospital, police said.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said it appears the shooting was handled “exactly the way it should have been handled.”Hogan said Gaskill, 34, is a “very capable school resource officer” who is also a SWAT team member.“This is a tough guy who apparently closed in very quickly and took the right kind of action,” Hogan said at a news conference. “And I think while it’s still tragic, he may have saved other people’s lives.”The shooting left a 16-year-old girl in critical condition and a 14-year-old boy and in stable condition, authorities said.The officer was not injured and was taken to be interviewed, police said.Officials have not elaborated about Gaskill’s service; however in 2016, an armed man was arrested for allegedly assaulting Gaskill when the deputy responded to a disturbance call, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Chicago teachers told to return to classrooms: ‘Our school are safe,’ mayor says

first_imgWe have an obligation to give every Chicago parent the ability to choose the learning option that works best for their child.We’ve made significant progress in talks with CTU leadership in recent days on a safe return to in-person learning. pic.twitter.com/tIe3Plv8zr— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) February 1, 2021The union has been defying Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) return dates in response to what its members believe to be an inadequate safety plan. Since January, teachers have engaged in the collective action to remain remote.Since CPS are concerned that union leadership will continue to direct teachers to teach remotely, CPS said it cannot ensure adequate staffing Feb. 1 and all students will receive remote instruction.In a letter shared with GMA, which was sent from Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson to families and staff regarding the reopening, CPS said in-person instruction will now take place on Feb. 2.Jackson said if teachers and staff failed to report to school Monday they’d have their access to Google suites cut off at the end of the business day. CPS has promised to lock me out from accessing my work account (google classroom, gmail, etc.) if I don’t go into an unsafe work building tomorrow. CPS will choose to prevent me from seeing my scholars and doing my job if I don’t go into an unsafe work building tomorrow.— Dwayne Reed (@TeachMrReed) January 31, 2021The union said Sunday that if CPS does lock educators out, its next step will be to call its house of delegates, ABC News Chicago affiliate WLS reported.A union delegate told GMA in January that educators who didn’t return to school buildings last month in defiance were locked out of their emails, telework system and were likely docked pay.Lightfoot did not say if there would be disciplinary action beyond the lockout. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. We’ve met with CTU 70+ times since June to discuss reopening, safety, and student learning in a hybrid model. We’re committed to working with our labor partners toward a safe, responsible reopening plan.Read yesterday’s update on our continued dialogue: https://t.co/6FZyhdH3uc pic.twitter.com/B69aOmlUyM— Chicago Public Schools (@ChiPubSchools) February 1, 2021“We’re doing this because this is one step in a long plan on our road to safely reopen our school and at some point return to normalcy,” Jackson said.Lightfoot reiterated that Chicago schools are “safe” and urged the teachers union to reach a deal. Both sides have met 70 times since June to come to an agreement on in-school learning.Lightfoot said the city’s in-person schooling plan is supported by city health officials and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.The mayor also pointed to the tens of millions of dollars CPS has invested on safety measures including PPE, health screenings, temperature checks, hand sanitizing and proper ventilation.“Our schools are safe,” Lightfoot said. “We know that because we have studied what’s happened in other school systems in our city — 40,000-plus Archdiocese, charter and other public schools that have had some form of in-person learning since the fall.” Halfpoint/iStockBy NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC News(CHICAGO) — Chicago teachers were told to return to classrooms starting Monday as the teachers union continues to fight the return to in-person learning due to health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.If teachers do not have an “approved accommodation,” they’re expected back in class, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Sunday.“In order to give the teachers an opportunity to get themselves ready for students, we’re telling parents, ‘come back and bring your kids to school on Tuesday,’” Lightfoot said during a press conference.In regard to the teachers who do not report back, “we’re going to have to take action,” Lightfoot said, adding that remote learning has been failing the city’s students. If remote learning is failing so many, why have Chicago’s public school parents chosen for more than 80% of eligible students to continue remote learning? And why, amidst all the data and numbers that are mentioned, this one never discussed? Parents and families have spoken.— ChicagoTeachersUnion (@CTULocal1) January 31, 2021Lightfoot said CPS and the union have agreed on four areas: health and safety protocols, ventilation, contact tracing and health and safety committees.CPS, the nation’s third-largest district serving roughly 341,000 students in 638 schools, wanted 10,000 educators to return to school buildings late January in preparation for in-person learning by Feb. 1. CPS has since changed the return a number of times in accordance with the teachers union. Due to the pandemic, CPS turned to full-time online instruction last March.A number of charter school networks within the district have chosen to remain remote until at least April when they said there will be wider access to vaccines, according to the union.As essential workers, CPS teachers are all eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. They are not scheduled to begin receiving shots until mid-February, CPS and Chicago Department of Public Health announced Jan. 22.Union members have taken issue with Lightfoot’s insistence on reopening classrooms without vaccinating educators by Feb. 1 regardless of the risk to staff and students from the pandemic.last_img read more