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'Heroic' Perry Hall Guidance Counselor Praised by Students, Social Media for Stopping Shooter

Students say it was Jesse Wasmer, a guidance counselor at Perry Hall High School, who intervened during a shooting in the school's cafeteria.

Students and social media are reporting that Jesse Wasmer, a Perry Hall High School guidance counselor, intervened after a .

"I turned around and the kid's got a gun, and Mr. Wasmer, one of the counselors, pushes him up against a vending machine and then he shot one more off," , a student who witnessed the shooting, told Patch.

Wasmer declined to comment when contacted by Patch.

A Facebook page has been created to thank Wasmer. At 4:30 p.m. Monday it had nearly 950 fans.

Several Twitter and Facebook users have also identified Wasmer as the person who first made contact with the alleged shooter. 

Mike Barnstein wrote on Facebook:

Thank you Mr. Wasmer for taking action and keep the incident from getting any worse.

Michael Reyes wrote on Twitter: 

Mr. Jesse Wasmer was the one who tackled the gunman at the Perry Hall High School shooting. Trend out #TeamWasmer He deserves it!

Baltimore County Public Schools officials have declined to comment on Wasmer's possible actions during the incident.

Lily August 28, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I think it's interesting that everyone wants to talk about everything except the obvious. What does our society do to identify, and treat the mentally ill. Everyone is looking for a rational explaination to what happened. Perhaps there isn't one. Perhaps this happened because the shooter is mentally ill and untreated. There is no special social program that is going to stop extreme situation like this because a person has to have a mental problem to do this in the first place. How does the school identify and deal with students at risk for violence on the basis of thier mental health? Do we have anything at all in the way of protocol for this? Does the school even know who these students might be? Does anyone even care except for the fact that someone got shot?
Arlow August 28, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Ignore Joe. Everyone else does.
Michael L. Schaffer August 28, 2012 at 11:07 PM
How many of us would run towards someone firing a gun?...what do we tell Daniel about bullying?
Bryan P. Sears August 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM
A comment by user "George" was removed because it violates Patch terms of use prohibiting profanity, masked profanity and abusive language.
Thaddeus Jude September 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM
He'll be fired for putting himself in danger.

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