Frederick Schools Strive for Normalcy After Shooting

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FREDERICK, Md. – Both West Frederick Middle School and Frederick High School were back open on Friday, for the first time since two teenagers were shot Wednesday night during a basketball game.

According to officials, one of the victims has been released from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, while the other remains hospitalized. 

However, it was back to business on campus today – but not without an increased police presence.

On an average day at the high school, there is one police officer patrolling the campus. But in light of recent events, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office has added an additional squad car to ease the minds of community members.

The attendance rate at Frederick High School was at 90 percent, according to officials from Frederick County Public Schools.

“Students and staff were extremely excited to be back to business as usual at the schools,” said Michael Doerrer, spokesperson for FCPS. “The schools were very quiet this morning – students focused on learning, and teachers focused on teaching.”

School officials said they’re also expecting a turnout of at least 200 for Friday night’s JV and varsity basketball games against Lignanore High School, a move of support that comes two days after the shooting incident.

So far, no arrests have been made – but officials said that just like during school hours on Friday, there will be an increased police presence at the basketball game.

Greg Schreiber, the head coach of Frederick’s varsity squad, said that the team is excited to get back on the court and move past the incident.

“Through athletics, we’ve gotten a lot of support from the other coaches in the county, and from Urbana, Oakdale and Linganore as well,” he said. “It’s a go-to bond that we have, and we’re just trying to come together and move forward as we progress through our season.”

We are continuing to follow this investigation, and will give updates with the latest information as it becomes available.

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