Headlines are referring to a school shooter as ‘lovesick’ — and people have a major problem with it

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  • On Tuesday, officials say that 17-year-old Austin Rollins shot two students at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
  • One of the victims, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, was reportedly his ex-girlfriend.
  • Willey was taken off life support late Thursday night.
  • Police officers said that Rollins and Willey had recently ended a relationship, and referred to Rollins as being “lovesick.”
  • People on social media pushed back against characterizing Rollins as “lovesick,” saying that this normalizes abusive relationships.

On Tuesday, officials say that 17-year-old Austin Rollins entered Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, with a handgun and shot two students. He was killed while being apprehended by an officer, according to Business Insider. One of the shooting victims, a 14-year-old boy, was treated for his injuries and released on the same day. The other victim, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, died late Thursday night after she was taken off life support

On Wednesday, police officers in St. Mary’s County revealed more details about the shooting, saying that Willey and Rollins had been in a relationship that “recently ended,” according to the Baltimore Sun. 

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