SPRINGDALE, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - The principal at Flowers High School is on paid administrative leave as Prince George's County Public Schools investigates a physical altercation caught on video Wednesday.
The video, widely shared among students and parents, appears to show Principal Gorman Brown in an altercation with a student.
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.
After a nurse washed the student's face and refused any additional treatment, he was charged as a juvenile.
Because of his age, police are not disclosing any information regarding the charges, or the student's identity.
He has since been released, but police are still investigating.
If you have any information regarding the incident, call (301) 772-4930.
The school sent a letter regarding the incident home to parents: