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Perry Hall High School: Shooting and bullying? Not so fast

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(Read caption) The Perry Hall High School shooting Aug. 27 has sparked dangerous conversation about bullying – before we even know the details. Here, a Baltimore County police officer spoke to a parent as students were evacuated from the school in Perry Hall, Md.

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It didn’t take long after Monday’s shooting at Maryland’s Perry Hall High School for the magic word to come up in press reports. Bullying.

Soon after 15-year-old Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. allegedly opened fire in his school’s crowded cafeteria, critically injuring at least one other student, a reporter showed up at his family’s home and asked why this might have happened. The boy was bullied, answered his father, according to the Associated Press.

Another family member then said that they were all horrified, and were praying for the victims.

The conversation about bullying and its impact has already started. Even though there’s not much additional information about the case at this point.

While there have been rumors about social media sites and networking profiles that reveal a boy with goth fashion and angry messages, police have cautioned reporters that these reports may not be substantiated.

So this bullying conversation, one could argue, is dangerous.

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