The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County, Md., a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant, totaling more than $35,000, to assist with ongoing recovery efforts following a school shooting in August—on the first day of school.
Project SERV grants provide critical support to districts that have experienced a significant traumatic event and need resources to respond, recover, and re-establish safe environments for students. The Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded more than $31.5 million to 105 grantees, including Perry Hall High School, since the grant program began in 2001.
“Senseless shootings disrupt the lives of students, schools and communities,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “We hope these resources will help the learning process continue and support the community as it recovers.”
On Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, a student fired a shotgun in the school cafeteria during lunch. The shot struck a student in the back. The student who was shot was sent by helicopter to a shock trauma center. The shooter was apprehended at the scene, tried and recently sentenced.
Information shared at the parent/community meeting and since the shooting indicates that parents and staff members remain concerned about the safety and security of the school setting and the capacity of the school to respond to a critical incident of this kind. Areas of need emerged since the shooting incident to help maintain safety and security, and to facilitate the recovery process necessary for teaching and learning. The Project SERV grant will help fund some of the much needed services.