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2 confirmed cases of tuberculosis at PGCPS high school

IMG_1667UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – Two people at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro have been diagnosed with tuberculosis, according to school officials.

Prince George’s County Public Schools say the two confirmed cases of the bacterial infection are being treated, and other students and staff are not at risk of additional exposure.

The school system did not say if the affected individuals were students or staff members.

“Although the risk of exposure is small, we are working with our health professionals to offer TB screening out of an abundance of caution,” said Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell.

Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium that usually attacks the lungs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of the disease include a bad cough that lasts three weeks or longer, pain in the chest, coughing up blood or phlegm, weakness or fatigue, weight loss, no appetite, chills, fever and sweating at night.

Prince George’s County health officials say it normally takes at least eight hours of close contact in a small room for tuberculosis to be passed on to others, and it cannot be contracted from shorter exposure periods such as passing a person in a hallway or sitting in a cafeteria for an hour.

“The Health Department and PGCPS prioritize the health and safety of all students, staff, and parents,” said Prince George’s County health officer Pamela Creekmur. “We are working expeditiously to provide information, screening, and any additional follow up to maintain the health and wellness of the Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School community.”

via Fox 5 DC

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PGCPS Teen charged as adult in shooting death of 16-year-old friend


Erik Lopez was charged in the killing of his friend in Prince George’s County. (Courtesy of Prince George’s County Police)

By Victoria St. Martin and Jasper Scherer September 28 at 5:56 PM 
Authorities have arrested a 17-year-old in the shooting death of his teenage friend in Prince George’s County.

Erik Steve Lopez, of Webster Street in Landover Hills, was charged with manslaughter. He is being charged as an adult.

Police said the shooting happened about 8 p.m. Sept. 22 in the 4200 block of 58th Avenue in Bladensburg. When Bladensburg officers arrived at the scene, they found Diego Gomez-Martinez, 16, suffering from a graze to his forearm and a gunshot wound to his abdomen, according to Prince George’s police, whose homicide unit is investigating.

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At the time of the shooting, Gomez-Martinez told authorities that he had accidentally shot himself while “playing with the gun,” according to court documents.

He died several hours later at a hospital, police said. Gomez-Martinez was a 10th-grader at Bladensburg High School.

 Investigators determined that Gomez-Martinez was right-handed and could not have shot himself, the court document said.
A witness later told authorities that a gunshot went off that night, and Lopez was seen holding a handgun while sitting to the right of Gomez-Martinez, police said in a court filing.

Authorities said the witness had been with Lopez and Gomez-Martinez earlier that evening. The pair went to visit the witness’s apartment and at some point Gomez-Martinez began playing with a gun and pointed it at the witness, according to the court document.

The witness went to sleep and was soon awakened by a gunshot, investigators said. After spotting Lopez sitting near Gomez-Martinez, the witness said Lopez put the handgun in a black bookbag and fled the apartment, according to the document.

Attempts to reach Lopez’s relatives for comment at an address listed for him in the court filing were not successful Wednesday.

Rafael Lopez, Gomez-Martinez’s stepfather, said Wednesday that he was surprised when he learned that his stepson had been with someone handling a gun. He said had never seen Gomez-Martinez with a gun or heard his stepson mention using guns.

The stepfather also said he never saw Gomez-Martinez spending time with Lopez and did not know of any connection between the two. He said Gomez-Martinez enjoyed playing basketball.

Jerry Jordan, who lives in the same building in Bladensburg where Gomez-Martinez did, said the teen was new to the area. Jordan said he would often see Gomez-Martinez going to and from the nearby school. Jordan said Gomez-Martinez would often stop and chat and was “a good dude.”

Lopez is being held on a $200,000 bond.

Via Washington Post


Diego Gomez-Martinez was found inside an apartment shot once in the lower body and died several hours later at a nearby hospital. Friends say a number of teens were playing video games when the gun went off.  Erik Lopez was charged in the killing of his friend



Md. General Assembly with respect to PGCPS athletic facilities.

The following is the language based upon the budget actions taken by the General Assembly with respect to athletic facilities in the county for the Fiscal Year 2016 budget bill:
$2,800,000 as a grant to the Prince George’s County Office of the County Executive for the planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site work, and capital equipping of athletic facilities at the following public high schools:
Northwestern High School;
Suitland High School;
High Point High School; and
Bowie High School.
There is no mention of artificial turf, though, of course that is what the county intends it for. >>>Read our previous coverage. 
Given the debate over property tax rate increases for schools in Prince George’s, it is probably worth emailing the Governor, the County Exec and the Council that these monies should be used for renovation of grass fields and not for artificial turf.  if this is about finding funds to repair school fields then we have those for Prince George’s County Public Schools.
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One twin dies, another survives PG car crash;


Dr. Henry Wise High School

Students at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School are mourning a former classmate who died Monday night in a fatal car crash.

Prince George’s County police say speed may have been a factor in the accident that killed 17-year-old Alex Edward Cole and injured three other people, including Alex’s twin brother. >>> Read more Washington post