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Man shot at Baltimore high school, suspect in custody

10 February 2019

Students are being sent home for the day after a Frederick Douglas High School staff member was shot by an adult who was visiting the school.

The wounded hall monitor and special education assistant, who students said was also an athletics coach, was in serious but stable condition.

Baltimore City Public Schools tweeted the students at the school "will be dismissed to enable the police investigation".

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But, school police union chief Sgt. Clyde Boatwright said the board should reconsider its vote in light of today's shooting.

The Baltimore Police Department received emergency calls around noon that there was a reported shooting at Frederick Douglass High School. Police say when they arrived they found a 56-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his lower torso.

However, the flare up of violence inside a school is raising fresh questions about the safety of the city's educational facilities.

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Police are investigating why the suspected shooter was at the school and whether he and the victim had any connection. The officers were working in the school at the time of the shooting. A message would have been nice, ' said Keith Young, a claims adjuster who rushed through traffic to pick up his stepson, Terrence, a 10th grader. Boatwright asked outside the school.

It's far from clear whether having armed officers in schools makes students and staff safer. A confrontation ensued, and the gunman shot the older man.

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Man shot at Baltimore high school, suspect in custody