For a group of Maryland high school students, this will be a first day of school they'll never forget. Police say a 15-year-old walked into the cafeteria this morning, pulled out a gun and started shooting, wounding a 17-year-old classmate. The shooter was  able to fire only two shots, with the second one happening after he was grabbed by some very courageous teachers. 

The 15-year-old Perry High School student was taken into custody and his victim was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he is in critical condition, according to police. 

Most students didn't really realize what was going on when they heard the first shot, confusing the popping sound with anything other than a gun being fired in the crowded and loud cafeteria. When one of them, Nick DiPaula, realized the shooter was aiming at his table he took cover while others started running out of the building at the insistance of their teachers.

I don't even want to begin to imagine the terror they must have all experienced, especially given all the violence that's taken place around the country this summer. It must have been "overwhelming," as 14-year-old freshman, Julia Scholennagel told the Baltimore Sun: 

It was my first day, and I was excited to meet my teachers and see who was in my classes. It was unreal, I couldn't believe it. You never think that would happen at your school.

And what about the parents of the children in the largest high school in Baltimore County? Can you imagine the anguish they must have felt when they first found out about the shooting? 

I'm really sick and tired of hearing of yet another shooting. And it's completely unacceptable that this is happening in one of our schools. Thank goodness for the teacher and the guidance counselor that were brave enough to wrestle the gun away from the shooter thus preventing another possible mass shooting. 

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While I applaud the brave teachers' reaction, there MUST be something we can do collectively as a nation to put an end to this trigger-happy trend that seems to have overtaken our country the last couple of months. 

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Why do you think there have been so many shootings this summer? What do you think we can do to help put a stop to them? Share your thoughts with us by leaving us a comment below. 

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Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor of MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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