Friday, December 19, 2014

School system evaluating abuse-reporting protocol after Pineda case

...“Recently, some of us have been shaken by multiple reports of possible abuse at public schools in Montgomery County. To heighten our concern, these incidents have spurred a larger discussion within the county as to how these incidents are handled and whether additional measures may need to be taken to ensure the safety and well-being of our students,” said ED committee chairman Councilmember Craig Rice (D-2)...

...Pineda’s work history shows MCPS employed him as a bus driver from 2000-2003 before employing him as a substitute teacher from 2003-2006. He did not work for MCPS from 2006-2013; police are trying to piece together Pineda’s work history during that time period. MCPS hired him as a substitute teacher in 2013 and he worked for 111 days during the 2013-2014 school year.
Police said Pineda taught a variety of subjects and grade levels, including kindergarten through fifth grade, middle school and high school. From November 2013 to September 2014, Pineda worked at Twinbrook Elementary School, Ridgeview Middle School, Earle B. Wood Middle School, Montgomery Blair High School, Seneca Valley High School, Gaithersburg High School, Rosa Parks Middle School, Watkins Mill High School, Gaithersburg Middle School, Forest Oak Middle School, Goshen Elementary School, Roberto W. Clemente Middle School, Maryvale Elementary School, Clopper Mill Elementary School, Julius West Middle School, Gaithersburg Elementary School, Parkland Magnet Middle School, Longview School and Rockville High School. He taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English, math, science, biology, computer science, technology and special education classes.
Montgomery County Police are asking anyone who believes they are a victim of Pineda to contact police.


  1. Hear Yea - Hear Yea! The underlying issue is not the presence of utterance, but rather the absence of deterrence.

    1. No, both are important. If you attended the Darkness to Light training last week you would understand why.

      MCPS is systematically NOT reporting suspected abusers. Instead, they put their name on a "list" and do nothing. That underlying issue is a huge problem!

    2. Doesn't Montgomery County have Social Services?
      Why are they not on top of this mess?
      Do they need a special invitation?
      Or do they prefer to go after 'low hanging fruits'?

  2. And broadcasting the names of the victims, who are minors, deters future victims from coming forward.

  3. I am curious as to how many of the BOE and MCPS hierarchy have teenage children attending public schools.

    1. BOE - Looks like just 2 BOE members would have students in MCPS.

      Hierarch? Define. Lots and lots of administrators in MCPS!

    2. The definition of an administrator is a person who is in a position of authority or who manages people, practices and policies.
      They don't seem to be able to manage people effectively, while their practices and policies are outdated.


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