Students return to class at Great Mills HS for the first time after deadly shooting
GREAT MILLS, Md. (WJLA) - Students are back at class at Great Mills High School Tuesday for the first time since the shooting that left the attacker and a 16-year-old girl dead.
Jaelynn Willey was shot in the head by 17-year-old Austin Rollins just before 8 a.m. on March 20 in a hallway at Great Mills High School in Great Mills. She died two days later after she was taken off life support.
Rollins and Willey had recently ended a relationship, according to authorities.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office says that Rollins fatally shot himself in the head after he was confronted by school resource officer Blaine Gaskill in a hallway as he continued walking through the school after the shooting began. Gaskill also simultaneously fired one non-fatal shot, which struck the weapon in Rollins’ hand.
According to a student witness, Rollins held the gun to his head and Gaskill ordered him to drop it.
Great Mills students have not been back to school since and are coming back off of spring break.
Desmond Barnes, 14, was also injured in the shooting when he was shot in the leg in the same hallway where the attack happened. He has since been released from the hospital.
Willey was laid to rest Friday at a funeral service held at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department in Hollywood, Maryland.