Hope for healing in Perry Hall community

August 27, 2012 | Glenn Clark

Hope for healing in Perry Hall community

I thought it important to share a few thoughts today as a Perry Hall High School alum.

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Perry Hall High School community following Monday’s shooting. My heart aches both for the victim (and friends and family of the victim) of Monday’s shooting and for the terror Monday’s shooting caused for the entire school body and surrounding community. My heart is with all people connected in any way to PHHS on this day. My hope is for healing to begin quickly within the Baltimore County community.

I want to make sure I pass along an overwhelming amount of thanks to all of the heroes that kept Monday’s situation from becoming a dreadful tragedy. PHHS staff members Jesse Wasmer (a fellow Gators alum) and Richard Rosenthal are deserving of particular credit for their quick response to the shooting. The other staff members and kids in the building also worked together to prevent the situation from becoming more chaotic. They are also deserving of credit as well.

I ask that as much as possible, you choose not to offer additional publicity to the alleged shooter by sharing social media postings. It only serves to promote the act of terror.

I took some time during Monday’s edition of “The Reality Check” to reflect on today’s news. I took the regularly scheduled 3:45pm “Web Junk” segment and the regularly scheduled 5:45pm “New Material” segment that I normally use to have fun to instead reflect on the incident and offer hope for my beloved alma mater. I hope you take some time to do the same.

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  1. BelAirSteve Says:

    Glenn,

    I know Jesse Wasmer – his family and mine have known one another since Jesse was a little boy. When I heard the name last night, I called his Dad this morning and said “Well, I doubt there is more than one Jesse Wasmer that works at PHHS, right?” He said , “No, it was him. He’s the man. He could have been hurt, but he wasn’t and I’m really proud of him.”

    So I guess that sums it up – a guy like Jesse Wasmer, who didn’t hesitate to do the right thing, and protect that cafeteria full of students, literally risking his life. He didn’t duck, or run for cover. He IS the man, and he parents SHOULD be very proud of him.

    Steve in Bel AIr

    (Edit from Glenn: I’ve known Jesse and his family for some time as well. In moments to myself this week I’ve been moved to the verge of tears considering his heroism. Without his willingness to take action, this could be one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the state of Maryland. Words cannot express my gratitude.)

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