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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.

A.C. E. August 28, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Hello I'm Joe. I have nothing better to do than troll on the BelAir Patch site...........
PerryHallParent August 28, 2012 at 09:17 AM
Daya, your comment is excellent. Please don't let the political post not connected to the subject at hand let you stray from your original message. While we all work hard as parents of special needs students, the community as a whole needs to work together to change the tide when it comes to raising our children, instilling positive messages and manners into their psyche and build them up to be contributing, well balanced members of society. Your ideas are good and you have no need for "blame". We do what we can.
Emily Kimball August 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM
BREAKING: Alleged Perry Hall shooter identified, charged with attempted murder - http://patch.com/A-xsHz
Harry Callahan August 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Not enough can be said about Mr. Wasmer and the actions he took yesterday to prevent further tragedy from happening at Perry Hall High School. This is a man who acted in the finest traditions of warrior and who, apparently lives by the warrior's creed. For those who are unfamiliar with that creed, I repeaat it here. The Warrior's Creed Wherever I go, everyone is a little safer because I am there. Wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend. Whenever I return home, everyone is happy that I am there.
samuel August 28, 2012 at 01:01 PM
A real human being and a real hero
Joe August 28, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Watch out everyone else, Tim's trolling in another thread.
Joe August 28, 2012 at 01:05 PM
"Haven't you heard of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990???? The only person allowed to discharge a gun on school property is the on duty SRO." I don't believe that has worked out very well do you?
Joe August 28, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I'm sorry Frank, when did they make you hall monitor? The relevance apparently went over your head.
Joe August 28, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Not much of a lady eh Lady? No more angry than you. I am glad you are not a part of my life either witch. I was congratulating the man for his actions but your hate blinded you to that.
Joe August 28, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Hello I'm A.C.E., I have nothing better to do than troll on the Catonsville Patch site........... You do not want others to comment? Unless you agree with them? glasshole!
Sandy Wagner August 28, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Thanks soooo much to Mr. Wasmer for his actions yesterday in school shooting. He probably saved many lives, including the life of my grandson who was beginning his first day in high school. I hope what will be remembered of this day is the heroic effort and dedication of Mr. Wasmer, who is a role model all students can be proud of. SWagner
J. Medina August 28, 2012 at 01:41 PM
My thought go out to the family of the student and all those affected by this tragedy.
You August 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Great job! Now watch, with the education system being so backwards and broken now a days; Wasmer will be charged with assaulting an under aged student or he will be sued by the shooters parents for assault.
Ashley August 28, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Don't let him bother you, Lady. He's negative on just about every thread.
Ashley August 28, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Mr. Wasmer is a good man. These days people throw around the word hero so much that it seems to have lost its meaning, but here is a man that actually deserves the title. This could have been a very different story. A simple thank you could never be enough to express the gratitude to him. Thanks for watching out for my cousins and the rest of the students at the school. <3
Jessica Filipiak August 28, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Looks like everyone on this post is being subjected to bullying by Joe! Thanks to Mr. Wasmer for stepping in and keeping everyone safe. Anyone that steps up and shows an act of kindness should be congratulated.
Harry Callahan August 28, 2012 at 03:07 PM
This is exactly why people stand by and do nothing. The United States has evolved into such a litigious society that most people who do not have the attitude of a warrior such as Mr. Wasmer worry about such idiotic things happening. I can hear the liberals crying out now that the accused student was "merely trying to express his feelings and is in need of treatment rather than prosecution as we try to understand what drove him inexorably to this tragic action." Just remember to cultivate that attitude of the warrior which bears repeating here: The Warrior's Creed Wherever I go, everyone is a little safer because I am there. Wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend. Whenever I return home, everyone is happy that I am there.
Joe August 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Everyone? Sure. Have you EVER commented on others that are worse? I respond in kind to glassholes here and there are a number of them.
VWK August 28, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I'd also like to add my thanks to Mr. Wasmer. My son was in that school yesterday and you will always be a hero in my book.
Steve August 28, 2012 at 03:30 PM
You've been watching too much TV with that Warrior BS.
DS August 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
He is not a hero - a real hero wears a cape and a mask and flys around at night....just kidding - trying to ease the tensions - He is a good man in a crisis - he should get free drinks at every local bar -
VWK August 28, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I'm so very proud of the way the students have come together in this - the T-shirts, the prayer service. They are amazing. Too bad we can't say the same about some of the adults on this site.
ben marshall August 28, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Joe, a bully? I think I agree with Joe. He's frustrated because fawning sentiment has taken the place of leadership and common sense. It frustrates me to see women and beta males taking over this country, lemmings who only can use words like "bully, racist, bigot, homophobe and right-wing-extremist-conservatives" etc., in lieu of admitting their failed policies. We are quick and so right to commend Wasmer, but drop off the logical face of the earth to allow leadership to deal and preempt the actual problem he faced. The left engineers our culture to flatter females to gain power. The result of that comes mere managers who presume to be leaders. We now see the effects of "we have to pass this bill to see what's in it". That might work for liberal Kinder-children, but not those of us who think. Despite the Horkheimer "counterculture" and billions spent in Dept of Ed since 1980, our kids are stupider, America lags behind the world in education and the jails are overcrowded. But make certain we stop Johnny from wearing a flag on his shirt and keep prayer out of schools!! My gawd what would America come to if we did that?!
Mary August 28, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Daya & PerryHall Parent: As a parent of 2 Parkville H.S. Learning Disabled alumni, your comment is on target and special needs to be addressed. Again your ideas for wonderful and need to be acted upon. Pls visit the Greater Baltimore Chadd Site, they are a wonderful group of parents, teachers, & specialists that may need your support. Thank you.
ben marshall August 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
They just decided to prosecute the shooter as an adult. The socialist's spasmodic answer to having never loved and disciplined him properly as a child. But they rage & worry about sodas he drank, taught him to make "green" choices, and made certain he was sexually educated with a pocket condom in grade school, assured he'd never wander into an "illegal" Christian student club on school property, but now they bring the cathartic full force of the law down on him while they entitled his parents. Can't anyone see the profoundly stupid way nanny liberals are culturally engineering and running Maryland?
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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