Great Mills HS students took part in walkout against gun violence a week before shooting

The scene at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Md., after a shooting there, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (The BayNet via CNN Newsource)

The shooter has died and two others were injured after a shooting at Great Mills High School Tuesday morning. The BayNet reports the victims were taken to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. A week ago Tuesday, students from this same St. Mary's County, Maryland, high school participated in a nationwide walkout to protest gun violence.

Great Mills High School students assembled outside the front of the school holding up signs demanding an end to gun violence, and discussing ways to end it, according to an article from The

This nationwide walkout preceded the "March for Our Lives" rally which will be held on March 24 in Washington, D.C.

Great Mills High School Principal Jake Heibel was outside with students during the protest to supervise the demonstration, according to The

The reported students at the gathering also took time to reflect on the 17 people killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.

In 2014, a lockdown occurred at Great Mills High School after a threat was phoned in to 911 which later turned out to be a hoax. The 911 caller said there was an armed student inside the school who was prepared to start shooting.

Police went through every room and checked every locker and said after their several-hour search that they found no credible threat.

During the March 14 demonstrations, students traveled to the White House and stood in front of the building for 17 minutes in silence. Afterwards, students marched together to the U.S. Capitol and held a rally featuring student leaders and guest speakers.

President Donald Trump met with students, teachers, and parents affected by the Florida school shooting at the White House to address gun control on Feb. 21

Trump signed a memo on Feb. 20 directing the Department of Justice to call for new rules banning bump stocks, which gives a semiautomatic weapon the capability to shoot like an automatic weapon.

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