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Michael Marks: A Baltimore high school hall monitor was wounded by gunfire

Michael Marks, who students said was also an athletics coach, was in a serious but stable condition.
Posted on February 9, 2019,at 8:41 AM
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A Baltimore high school hall monitor was shot Friday afternoon by an adult visitor to the Baltimore school.

Michael Marks, 56, was shot in the torso by the relative of a student while the two men argued inside the school's lobby on Friday.

According to latimes reports,A 25-year-old man, who has not been named, entered the Frederick Douglass High School lobby around noon and got into some kind of argument with Marks, according to city police.

The wounded Marks, who students said was also an athletics coach, was in a serious but stable condition.

WBAL reported that the 25-year-old is a relative of a student at the school.

According to wbaltv reports,The school district released a statement Friday evening, saying: "Shortly after 12:00 noon today, a special education assistant at Frederick Douglass High School was shot by an adult family member of a student. The shooting took place during a confrontation in the lobby area of the building. On hearing the shots, school police officers responded immediately. The shooter was taken into custody without incident. The school was placed on lockdown while city and school police secured the area. At 1:15, students were dismissed to be with their families and to enable the investigation at the school to be completed. To minimize crowds and any potential confusion at the Mondawmin transit hub, dismissal at nearby secondary schools was staggered, with Coppin Academy closing at 2:15.

"The victim is in serious but stable condition at a local hospital. In a message to City Schools families, CEO Sonja Santelises said, 'He has served Baltimore's students for many years, and I ask you all as part of our City Schools community to hold him and his family in your hearts. In a city where violence is too present, our schools must be havens of safety and peace, where confrontation and weapons have no place. I can tell you that both our officers and our injured staff member did everything to ensure the safety of our students. In the coming days, we will have more information about the incident, and we will also review our safety and security protocols for Frederick Douglass High School and all our schools. My highest priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff members, and I and my leadership team will take all possible steps to ensure that our schools are the safe havens they need to be.'"

Mayor Catherine Pugh released a statement, saying: "It is totally unacceptable that gun violence has occurred inside a City school and our Police investigators are working to determine not only the circumstances which led to this incident but how a person with a gun was allowed to enter the school.

"Our schools need to be safe havens where our children can learn and achieve their potential. We will be conducting a full assessment to determine how best to prevent this type of incident from happening again." 

Officials said the law enforcer responded immediately and fired a shot that hit the gun in the teen's hand just as he shot himself in the head. 

The 25-year-old alleged shooter is in police custody. It is unclear what, if any, charges are being filed against him. 

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