Nearly two months have passed since the Frederick High School community was sent into an uproar, when on the night of a Feb. 4 basketball game, two students were shot.
Students and staff bounced back right away, Frederick High Principal Kathy Campagnoli said, but Wednesday’s announcement of two arrests in the case brought some closure to the school.
“I’m hoping that it will make people feel good about justice being done,” Campagnoli said in a Wednesday interview. “That they were able to find who was responsible for such a major disturbance to our school.”
Frederick residents Brandon Earl Tyler, 21, and Chandler Tristan Davenport, 19, were charged with four counts of first-degree assault, one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, four counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and four counts of reckless endangerment, Frederick police said at a news conference Wednesday.
The two teens, who Campagnoli confirmed did not attend Frederick High, were targeted by the two men, police said. The shooting also appears to have been gang-related.
Police maintained contact with school administrators throughout the investigation, Campagnoli said, which is continuing.
Campagnoli said that she appreciated the thoroughness that police exercised in the investigation.
“We do many investigations ourselves, so I completely understand that it’s better to be thorough,” she said.
Campagnoli described the shooting as “spillover,” and she said that she hopes that it will call community attention to the larger problems of gangs, which can affect the entire community, not just Frederick High.
The school closed for one day after the shooting as police combed the campus. When students and staff returned, the community bonded, said Campagnoli, and the #FHSStrong hashtag was born, one that is still floating around on Twitter and other social media platforms.
The Class of 2015 has sold shirts with #FHSStrong, said seniors Huai Pau and Subha Mojumder.
Much of the conversation about the shooting died down days after it occurred, both girls said.
“We feel safe here,” Mojumde rsaid. “We did get a day off. After that, pretty much everybody back to how our community is: #FHSStrong.”
The school system offered counseling to teachers and students, but only a few staff members took advantage — not because they felt unsafe, Campagnoli said, but because the shooting sparked memories of loss in their lives.
Junior Chris Moezaw said that Frederick High has formed a family.
“We didn’t see the bad in this,” he said. “We tried to make it a happier environment and try to support each other, and make it safer for everybody here.”
The surrounding community, not just Frederick High School, has expressed a sense of relief, Superintendent Terry Alban said in an interview.
Alban said that the shooting was the result of a larger community issue that happened to infringe on the Frederick High campus.
“I think they’re grateful that something’s finally been done,” she said.