Fall 2018 Impact

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25 Recovery aer a school shooting: e role of student support staff George A. Roberts George A. Roberts currently serves as a Community Superintendent for Baltimore County Public Schools and has held this positon since July 2016. Prior to serving as Community Superintendent, Mr. Roberts was the Senior Executive Director of Curriculum Operations in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction for Baltimore County Public Schools. Before coming to the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Mr. Roberts held the principal position of Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County. Mr. Roberts leads with a strong passion for students, high expectations for all, and establishing a clear culture of growth and achievement. e first day of school for students, teachers, administrators, staff, and parents is always a day filled with hope, promise, and excitement. Unfortunately, on August 22, 2012 for these same community members of Perry Hall High School, it was a day filled with horror, anxiety, and tears. At 10:43 am as over 500 students settled into the first lunch shi of the day and began sharing first day stories with old and new friends alike, two shotgun blasts echoed in the cafeteria and shattered the innocence of an entire school community. is act of violence forever changed the Perry Hall High School community and required the defining of a 'new normal' for everyone involved. As the principal of Perry Hall High School, Mr. Roberts not only had to respond to this school shooting emergency as it unfolded, but he had to lead an entire school community through recovery efforts which took years to somewhat complete, but never went away. Mr. Roberts has willingly shared his story for the past six years with the hope of helping others become acutely aware of not only the impact of school shootings but providing them the tools necessary to handle and cope with the effects of such a tragic event. Perry Hall Between 2000 and 2017, 250 active shooter incidents have occurred in the United States, 37 of which took place in K-12 schools (Homeland Security, 2018). Since Columbine in 1998, 215,000 students have suffered through gun violence at their school (e Washington Post, 2018). Unfortunately, the school

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