By Kate Magill : Contact Reporter
Howard County Times
Maryland U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin visited Wilde Lake High School on Friday to discuss school safety and gun control with students.
The Democratic senator’s visit with about 50 students was part of ongoing discussions he is planning to have with community members in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., an aide said.
The discussion, which also included schools Superintendent Michael Martirano, County Council chairwoman Mary Kay Sigaty and Councilman Jon Weinstein, focused on students’ concerns regarding their safety in school.
Cardin chose to talk with students at the 1,200-student Columbia school because of its recent experience with gun violence, according to spokesman Tim Zink. In September 2017 Wilde Lake teacher Laura Wallen was shot to death and her former boyfriend has been charged with her murder.
“I was extremely impressed by the energy level of the students. They had a great deal of interest in the subject matter, they were extremely articulate, they asked great questions and I found it extremely encouraging for the future of Howard County, Maryland and this nation,” Cardin said. “They are concerned about their safety, they are concerned about their classmates’ safety. They recognize that we have problems in this country, they want to know why we are unable to pass gun safety legislation.”
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