Wednesday, February 6, 2019

PGPD Investigating Incident At Charles Herbert Flowers High School

The Prince George's County Police Department is investigating an incident at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale involving the school’s principal and a student.  A portion of this interaction was recorded on another student’s cell phone which we are reviewing.  The department is working to determine whether any additional video captured the entire interaction.

The incident took place at approximately 1:20 on Wednesday afternoon when the principal was asked to locate a 17 year-old student who had just left a classroom after reportedly being disruptive in class. The principal encountered the student in a hallway.   A Prince George's County Police School Resource Officer (SRO) was present and witnessed the entire interaction between the principal and student which began before the cellphone video recording.  The entirety of the interaction is now at the center of our investigation.  However, after witnessing the student assault the Principal several times, the SRO intervened and deployed a foam pepper spray on the student.  Foam pepper spray is used because it does not disperse in the air and affect others in the vicinity of the deployment.   The officer was then able to take the student into custody.  The student was then immediately brought to the nurse's office where his face was washed.

The student refused further medical treatment.  He has been charged as a juvenile.  Because he is a juvenile, no further information as to charges can be shared.  He was later released.  The police department is continuing to investigate the entire incident. 

All questions regarding the employment status of the principal involved, please contact Prince George’s County Public Schools.   

Anyone with additional information or recordings of this incident, you are asked to call detectives at 301-772-4930.  If you wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text, “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and submit a tip online.

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