Students at Perry Hall High School in Maryland are going back to school, less than 24 hours after a student opened fire in the school cafeteria.

Before entering the school Tuesday morning, hundreds of students and community members encircled the school's flagpole, hand-in-hand, with heads bowed praying for Daniel, the 17-year-old special education student wounded in the shooting, WBAL reports.

In a statement Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan expressed his sympathies for the Perry Hall High School community.

"Gun violence has no place anywhere, least of all in our nation's schools," Duncan said. "I'd like to thank the local educators and law enforcement personnel who took action to help prevent additional students from getting hurt."

Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr., a 15-year-old student at the school, is being charged Tuesday morning for the shooting with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault.

He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, according to the Associated Press, though the suspect is cooperating with police according to police spokeswoman Elise Armacost. The incident was suspected to have stemmed from bullying.

The victim is still in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

"I recently had the chance to visit with Principal George Roberts and the teachers at Perry Hall," Duncan said in his statement. "I know that both he and Superintendent Dance are committed to keeping students safe and learning, and we stand ready to support them in that work."

CORRECTION: A previous version of this piece incorrectly stated the charges against Gladden. We regret the error.

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  • Robert Wayne Gladden Jr

    This booking photo made available by the Baltimore County Police Department, shows Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr., 15, of Baltimore. Gladden, Jr. was charged as an adult with attempted first degree murder and first degree assault in the shooting of a classmate on the first day of school at a Baltimore high school. (AP Photo/ Baltimore County Police Department)

  • Andrew Piper

    This Aug. 28, 2012 photo provided by the Baltimore County Police Department shows Andrew Piper of Baltimore. Piper is the stepfather of Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr, who was charged as an adult with attempted first degree murder and first degree assault in the shooting of a classmate on the first day of school at a Baltimore high school. Piper was arrested on charges unrelated to the shooting. He was charged with illegal possession of weapons and drugs at his home. (AP Photo/ Baltimore County Police Department)

  • Robert Gladden

    Profile picture from Robert Gladden's Facebook page

  • Robert Gladden

    Profile picture from Robert Gladden's Facebook page

  • Robert Gladden

    Profile picture from Robert Gladden's Facebook page

  • Tracie Bradford, of Perry Hall, Md., consoles her daughter Leah, a student at Perry Hall High School who says she was in the school's cafeteria when a student was shot there and critically wounded on the first day of classes, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Perry Hall, Md. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, according to police. No one else was reported injured. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

  • Parents gather at Ebenezer Road outside Perry Hall Middle School. Several had been notified by their children that a shooting happened at the nearby high school. <a href="http://perryhall.patch.com/articles/breaking-shooting-at-perry-hall-high-school" target="_hplink">Credit: Patch</a>

  • From left: Sarah Erpenstein and Carol Erpenstein. Sarah Erpenstein told Patch that she was in the cafeteria at the time of the shooting. <a href="http://perryhall.patch.com/articles/breaking-shooting-at-perry-hall-high-school" target="_hplink">Credit: Patch</a>

  • Students continue to file out of Perry Hall High School Monday afternoon following a shooting Monday morning. <a href="http://perryhall.patch.com/articles/breaking-shooting-at-perry-hall-high-school" target="_hplink">Credit: Patch</a>

  • Parents gather at Ebenezer Road outside Perry Hall Middle School. Several had been notified by their children that a shooting happened at the nearby high school. <a href="http://perryhall.patch.com/articles/breaking-shooting-at-perry-hall-high-school" target="_hplink">Credit: Patch</a>

  • Parents gather at Ebenezer Road outside Perry Hall Middle School. Several had been notified by their children that a shooting happened at the nearby high school. <a href="http://perryhall.patch.com/articles/breaking-shooting-at-perry-hall-high-school" target="_hplink">Credit: Patch</a>

  • Parents and students try to reunite after a student was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes at Perry Hall High School, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Perry Hall, Md. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, according to police. No one else was reported injured. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

  • Becky Hobgood tries to locate her daughter after a student was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes Perry Hall High School, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Perry Hall, Md. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, according to police. No one else was reported injured. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

  • Students evacuate Perry Hall High School after a student was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Perry Hall, Md. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, according to police. No one else was reported injured. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

  • Parents wait to reunite with their children after a student was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes at Perry Hall High School, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Perry Hall, Md. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, according to police. No one else was reported injured. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

  • Parents and students try to find each other after a student was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes at Perry Hall High School Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Perry Hall, Md. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, according to police. No one else was reported injured. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

  • A Baltimore County police officer speaks to a parent as students are evacuated from Perry Hall High School after a student was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Perry Hall, Md. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, according to police. No one else was reported injured. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

  • Parents and students try to reunite after a student was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes at Perry Hall High School, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Perry Hall, Md. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, according to police. No one else was reported injured. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

  • Tracie Bradford, Leah Bradford

    Tracie Bradford, of Perry Hall, Md., consoles her daughter Leah, a student at Perry Hall High School who says she was in the school's cafeteria when a student was shot there and critically wounded on the first day of classes, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Perry Hall, Md. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, according to police. No one else was reported injured. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)