Prince George’s Co. State’s Attorney addresses recent violence involving local students

PRINCE GEORGE'S CO., Md. - State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks addressed the recent violence involving students at two different county high schools in a press conference on Wednesday.

Prince George's County Police arrested two Oxon Hill High School students and charged them as adults for shooting another student outside the school on Monday night.

Police also arrested a handful of juvenile students for stabbing a 16-year-old student in the wooded area behind Parkdale High School on Tuesday.

Alsobrooks confirmed that the students involved in Tuesday's stabbing are believed to be associated with the MS-13 gang.

"These are young people who have armed themselves and gone about harming and trying to kill people," she says. "If this is in fact, and we believe it is, associated with MS-13, we must take whatever protections necessary to protect the children and teachers and staff at these schools from this sort of activity."

Charging documents reveal more details about the shooting on Monday.

Documents say Zanaya Bryant, 17, previously dated the victim and asked him to meet her at the school.

When he arrived, he got in the passenger seat of a car she was driving. Documents say two people in the backseat then approached him.

One of the two, later identified as Anthony Hollingsworth, 18, grabbed him and eventually shot him in the arm and chest.

"We believe of course that he was set up," says Alsobrooks.  "We regard them as very, very serious charges, what we’re going to say is, we will not tolerate, and I need to be abundantly clear about this, I don’t care who it is, we will not tolerate violence in our schools."

Bryant and Hollingsworth are being held without bond pending their bond hearing on Friday.

A man close to the shooting victim tells DCW50 he is a student athlete, football player, and exceptional on and off the field.

A school spokesperson said he is recovering and his mother said he was excited to return to school soon.

As for the recent violence, he said it is not a school safety issue since the crimes occurred outside of school. However, school leaders are talking with students about safety practices for outside the school buildings.

Alsobrooks expressed the need for county students to change the way they make their decisions.

"We have to work much harder to make sure our children have the skills they need to cope with one another to resolve conflict non-violently."