Maryland Gov. Hogan Calls for Action on School Safety: 'Prayers Are Not Enough'
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said "prayers are not enough" and action must be taken to enhance school security in the wake of a shooting at a Maryland high school on Tuesday.
Two people were injured, including one critically, when a gunman opened fire at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md. The shooter died after engaging an armed school resource officer, an official said.
In a statement released Tuesday, Hogan said he and his wife are praying for the victims, their families and the whole community, but more must be done to ensure schools are safe.
"Although our pain remains fresh and the facts remain uncertain, today's horrible events should not be an excuse to pause our conversation about school safety. Instead, it must serve as a call to action," the statement reads.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) March 20, 2018
In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Hogan reiterated that, "We need more than prayers."
"I want to thank these first responders and law enforcement officers for the job they did, but we need more. We've got to take action," Hogan said.
He noted that he recently proposed an aggressive school safety plan following the shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 people dead, but state lawmakers "failed to take action on it."
"We're gonna try and get something done in Annapolis. We've only got less than three weeks left in the legislative session, and to me it's outrageous that we haven't taken action yet on something so important as school safety," Hogan said. "We're going to fight to make sure it gets done, and we hope you will help us do that."