Latest: Facebook mistakenly listed shooting victim as dead

Latest: Facebook mistakenly listed shooting victim as dead
This undated photo provided by the Willey family shows Jaelynn Willey. A teenager armed with a handgun shot and critically wounded Willey inside a Maryland school on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and the shooter was killed when a school resource officer confronted him moments after the gunfire erupted. A third student was in good condition after he was shot. (Courtesy of the Willey family via AP)

GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a southern Maryland school (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The Facebook profile page of a Maryland school shooting victim was mistakenly changed to indicate she had died.

Jaelynn Willey’s Facebook page was changed Wednesday to say “remembering Jaelynn Willey” with a message: “We hope people who love Jaelynn will find comfort in visiting her profile to remember and celebrate her life.”

Jaelynn, though, was still alive and in critical condition Thursday at a Maryland hospital after Tuesday’s shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County.

The page was changed again Thursday to remove the language suggesting Jaelynn had died. The family had been trying to get the page changed since Wednesday afternoon, said Lucinda Avis, a family friend who set up a fundraising page for Jaelynn.

Facebook would not respond on the record to questions from The Associated Press about what happened.

A post describing the company’s policies says Facebook will “memorialize” an account if a family member or friend submits a request. A form asks only for a name and date of death. The “proof of death” field is described as optional.


5:30 p.m.

A former coach at the Maryland school where a shooting happened earlier this week is rallying support to help get students to the March for Our Lives on Saturday.

On Tuesday at Great Mills High School, a 17-year-old shot a girl he’d been in a relationship with before exchanging gunfire with a sheriff’s deputy. The shooter was killed and another student was critically injured.

Aaron Foreman posted a video Wednesday on Facebook calling for donations so that students could attend the Washington march.

The march is in support of stronger gun control measures.

Foreman says in an interview that churches have donated vans, stores have given food and gift cards and others offered to buy Metro cards.

His daughter graduated from Great Mills last year. He says: “This could’ve been her.”

According to Foreman, about 60 students so far are planning to attend.


11:11 p.m.

Tuesday’s school shooting in southern Maryland that left the shooter dead and two students wounded increasingly appears to be the action of a lovesick teenager.

Authorities on Wednesday released a few additional details into the shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County.

Seventeen-year-old Austin Rollins was killed after shooting a schoolmate, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey. A school resource officer arrived within a minute and fired a shot at Willey, but it’s not yet clear whether Rollins was killed by the officer’s bullet or took his own life.

A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the thigh during the encounter was released from a hospital Wednesday.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that Rollins and the girl had been in a relationship that recently ended.