And we’re back to the ‘Back in March’ series…
On Tuesday March 20th, 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins opened fire in the hallways of Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland. The school resource officer confronted Rollins and fired a round at the gunman. Rollins fired a round at the same time. It was initially believed that the resource officer shot and killed Rollins, but it was later determined that the shot Rollins fired was to end his own life.
The victim was 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey. She wasn’t killed at the time of the shooting. She passed away some days later after her family made the painful decision to remove her from life support.
The motive of the shooting was said to have been personal, as Jaelynn Willey was said to have ended a relationship with Rollins shortly before the shooting took place.
The handgun used by Rollins belonged to his father. No word yet on how Rollins was able to obtain the gun.
Listen kids, I may be a man who’s pushing 50, but I remember vividly what high school was like. I remember thinking that high school was forever. I also remember when I met a girl and long story short, I thought we were dating. When she let me down easy I was devastated, but I didn’t consider it a reason to kill her. The odds are that you’ll most likely not be dating the same person when you leave high school. High school romances are rarely forever, so it’s not worth wasting two lives over something as insignificant as a high school crush.