By Reform Sasscer Staff:
SPRINGDALE, Md. – A Prince George’s County Public Schools principal is on leave after an alleged assault that ended with a 17-year-old student getting pepper-sprayed and with tears in his eyes.
A school resource officer at Charles Herbert Flowers High School told police that the student assaulted principal Gorman Brown. The school said the principal and the student were in a physical altercation caught on video Wednesday.
The video, widely shared among students and parents, appears to show Principal Gorman Brown in a major brawl with a boy student, believed to be 17, swinging at each other in the school hallway. A caption on the video, filmed on a cellphone, suggests that Brown “hit him first.”
School officials are now looking into information that there was a separate altercation involving the student prior to what is shown in the video.
Late Wednesday evening, police confirmed that they are investigating the incident.
They say the incident occurred around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday afternoon when the principal was asked to find a 17-year-old who had just left a classroom after being disruptive.
They say a Prince George’s County Police Resource Officer was present during the incident.
According to police, the SRO intervened and pepper sprayed the student. The student’s face was washed and he refused further medical treatment. Because he is a juvenile, police will not release his name or details on any charges. But police say the student was released from custody.
Area 3 Associate Superintendent, Dr. Carletta T. Marrow, confirmed the incident in a letter to parents and guardians dated February 6. “Earlier today, there was an alleged physical altercation between a student and Principal Gorman Brown,” the letter read.
“The circumstances are under investigation. Mr Brown has been placed on leave until further notice. Assistant Principal Ronald Miller will serve as Administrator in Charge in the interim.
“The safety of our students and staff members is our top priority. Safe learning environments are our collective responsibility. Today’s incident is not in line with our school mission and values.
“Please discuss with your child acceptable behaviors that support a positive school climate. Concerns about safety or well-being should be shared with a trusted adult.”
Brown was previously in the news after he and two other Prince George’s County Public Schools employees sued Herbert Flowers High following the discovery of a hidden surveillance camera inside the principal’s office.
Brown, along with resident principal Mar-C Holland and secretary Donna Bussey, said the camera was disguised as a smoke detector and may have been installed in 2016, reported Fox 5 DC. We covered that story here previously.
According to the lawsuit, the camera was discovered on April 13, 2018, although it is still unclear who authorized it to be installed. The lawsuit stated that the camera could have not only recorded staff members getting changed in the office, but also the school’s Pom team.
There has been many fights throughout the Prince George’s County School District which are being covered up by the administration. At the moment, Crossland High School followed by Dr. Henry Wise High School carries the flag as the epicenter of area school fights. Many parents have complained repeatedly of various youth fights with the aggressors walking away without consequences. A mother recently called while upset after she said staff didn’t intervene in school fight timely as her daughter was being clobbered.
If you have any information regarding the incident, call (301) 772-4930.
The letter sent home regarding the incident to parents is attached below: