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Schools are gearing up for a planned student walkout tomorrow on the one month anniversary of the Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Wicomico County Board of Education said it is working with the Student Government Association presidents at each high school to prepare for the day to honor those who lost their lives.

Meanwhile, in Somerset County the Superintendent John Gaddis issued an email that said was finalizing it plans for the walkout.

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There were around 200 students who rallied this morning in support of Sidney Hankerson who was dismissed as principal of Washington High School & Academy.

They assembled at the school’s stadium with some telling the Salisbury Daily Times that they were puzzled by his dismissal.

The paper reports that the students held handmade signs reading “We want Hank back.”

Car horns were also heard along Route 13 in apparent support of the students.

Somerset County Superintendent John Gaddis placed Hankerson on paid leave.

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A rally in support of Sidney Hankerson who was fired as principal at Washington High School & Academy was planned for this morning.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the students are demanding to know why Hankerson was dismissed.

A Facebook page has been established by supporters of the former principal.

The Daily Times reports that Schools Superintendent John Gaddis who dismissed Hankerson said he favored an hour long student rally during the first period classes.


An employee in the Somerset School system has been suspended with pay resulting from complaints by parents.

The employee has not been named but was asked to leave the school grounds immediately.

The nature of the allegations have not yet been made public but Superintendent Dr. John Gaddis says there is an investigation by law-enforcement to see if there is a need for criminal charges.

In addition, to the Maryland State Police the Somerset County Department of Social Services has been brought into the investigation.


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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Funeral services have been held for a father and his seven children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning at their Maryland home.

Hundreds attended Saturday's services for Rodney Todd and his children at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Police say Todd and his children were poisoned in their sleep days after the power company discovered a stolen meter and cut off electricity to their rental home in Princess Anne. With the power out, Todd bought a generator and put it in his kitchen to keep his family warm. They were found dead April 6.

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Somerset County is getting a permanent Superintendent of Schools.

His name is John Gaddis who has been leading the school system on an interim basis.

Board Chair William Miles earlier this week told the school system’s attorney to begin contract negotiations with Gaddis who came on in July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Gaddis indicated his interest in the permanent job…during a review of his first 90 days in office which ended on October 1st.