|Dedrick Moone||Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 7:39 AM|
Cc: Cynthia Vaillancourt <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
I have Peace Orders established against the parents of my daughters harasser. These Peace Orders have been repeatedly violated this family yet the Howard County State Attorney’s Office has admitted an unwillingness to prosecute in incorrectly stating that the peace order does not provide provisions for protection for me when it in fact does. The Howard County Police Department and Sheriff’s Department have been unwilling to act due to the age of my daughter’s offender. That in itself is understandable to a degree. However I have mentioned many times to them that this older child has committed these same acts upon children within our community and at Longfellow Elementary. Hence it’s not just my personal problem, it’s an institutional and community problem.
All that being said, I have penned a letter (Please see attached) that details my litany of concerns regarding the institutions in Howard County. I believe it critical that you look into this as it deals with public safety and justice for all individuals within Howard County including myself. As a result, I spoke with David Little, Howard County Director of Constituent Services and Community Partnership at length regarding these matters on 2 February 2016. While Mr. Little was empathetic, his hands are tied as a member of the Howard County Executives Office as these institutions report to the State of Maryland Versus Howard County. With all of that being said, it is my sincere hope that you will afford me the same platform in discussing these matter not only for myself but on behalf of all citizens in Howard County once you have had an opportunity to peruse the attached letter. Thank you for all that you do on behalf of all of the residents of this great State of Maryland.
Dear Governor Hogan:
My daughter and I have suffered a litany of abuse and harassment at the hands Mr…., Mrs…., and the institutions within Howard County, MD. This abuse has included defamation, slander, verbal harassment, physical assault, sexual assault, attempted murder, telephone misuse, cyber-bullying, false imprisonment, and the list goes on. As a specific case in point, Mr….physically assaulted and threatened to murder my daughter and I in front of the Howard County District Court Commissioners Office on September 8, 2015. These acts violated the conditions of MD Criminal Code 3-203 (Assault and Battery). I subsequently pressed charges against Mr…..as a result of this incident. While probable cause existed, Joanna Miller, Howard County Assistant States Attorney declined to prosecute due to a lack of video evidence. The Howard County State Attorney’s Office did however allow me to enter a Peace Order/Complaint for Protection against Mr…. That peace order number is…. In that Peace Order I explicitly stated that I wanted the Respondent(s) to have no contact with my daughter, my ex-wife, and myself. Judge Mary Reese approved that Peace Order on September 15, 2015. The Howard County Civil Clerk’s Office however advised that I would need to enter a separate Peace Order to request protection against Mrs…..despite my initial filing. I will not belabor that point however as it will be addressed later within this document. My daughter and I have been living in [increased] imminent fear and danger of this family since that decision was made. I wholly believe that the Howard County Assistant State Attorney’s decision not to prosecute Mr…..allowed him to develop an aura of invincibility as if he is/was above the law so to speak. As a result Mr…..proceeded to arrogantly violate the conditions of MD Criminal Code 3-802 in stalking me from behind in his motor vehicle on December 29, 2015. He also violated the conditions of MD Criminal Code 3-803 in threatening and harassing me in front of my home of all places on that same date in question. He also violated the conditions of the no contact peace order on December 29, 2015 by simply uttering a word to me…… communicated several threats to include threats of harm to my daughter and myself. He also made a public mockery of my physical disabilities. He further hurled insults at my mother. A great portion of this/these incidents was captured via cell phone video. I subsequently contacted the Howard County Police Department immediately there-following. Officer Shams was the responding officer. She took a report and entered it under case number….. I spoke with Sergeant (Sgt.) Tommy Rukamp of the Howard County Police Department on December 30, 2015 regarding the incident. Sgt. Rukamp suggested that I enter an application to press charges. I followed suit in doing so on December 30, 2015. The associated Case Number is….. Mr….. was subsequently arrested on December 30, 2015 as a result of these criminal acts. I had an intake meeting with Dylan Young, Assistant States Attorney and a Victim Advocate who while I am not 100% certain of the name, I believe it was, Rosemary Young on January 4, 2016. I discussed these incidents in great detail during the course of this meeting. I provided a plethora of evidentiary data during the intake session. With that being said, I discussed with Mr. Young the abuse that my daughter has endured at the hands of……and the failings of the system(s) in place (Howard County Police Department, Howard County Sheriff’s Department, Howard County Juvenile Services, Howard County Public Schools, Howard County Board of Education, and Howard County Social Services). With that in mind, I disclosed to Mr. Young my trouble in getting Howard County Juvenile Services and the Howard County Police Department to take appropriate action regarding……continued delinquent behaviors towards my daughter. This delinquent behavior includes multiple accounts of attempted murder, sexual assault, assault and battery, harassment, bullying, and cyber-bullying to name a few. What’s sad is that this pattern of behavior extends all the way back to February 2015 and possibly beyond. I further disclosed to Mr. Young that my daughter is afraid to go to school or even outside and play in our community as a result of this continued trauma. With that being said, I advised Mr. Young that I had been working diligently with the White House, US Department of Education, Members of Congress, State Department of Education, Howard County Delegates, Office of the Howard County Executive, Howard County Board of Education, and Howard County Public School System to have my daughter transferred to another school. With that in mind, I disclosed to Mr. Young my trouble in getting Howard County Juvenile Services, Howard County Police Department, and Howard County Sheriff’s Department to take appropriate action regarding Mr. and Mrs. …..daughters continued delinquent behavior towards my daughter and others to include attempted murder, sexual assault, assault and battery, harassment, bullying, and cyber-bullying to name a few. To be specific about…. delinquent behavior, I provided the subsequent list of incidents with locations of occurrence, witnesses, and witness contact information to Mr. Young, Howard County Police Department, and Howard County Juvenile Services (Matthew Fonseca, Regional Director Juvenile Services; Tim Madden, Howard County Program Director of Juvenile Services; and Jacqueline Brogdon-Wright, Intake Officer):
- 14 March 2015: Attempted Murder by Strangulation (MD Criminal Code 2-205)
- 25 April 2015: Sexual harassment by groping and kissing (MD Criminal Code 3-602)
- 25 May 2015: Attempted Murder by Strangulation and Drowning (MD Criminal Code 2-205)
- 12 July 2015: Attempted Murder by Bearhugging (MD Criminal Code 2-205)
- 17 August 2015: Assault and Battery (MD Criminal Code 3-203) and Attempted Murder by Strangulation (MD Criminal Code 2-205)
- 6 September 2015: Assault and Battery (MD Criminal Code 3-203) and Slander/Defamation of Character (MD Criminal Code 5-105)
- 7 September 2015: Assault and Battery (MD Criminal Code 3-203) and Harassment (MD Criminal Code 3-803)
- 10 September 2015: Slander/Defamation of Character (MD Criminal Code 5-105) and Harassment/Spreading of rumors (MD Criminal Code 3-803)
- 8 October 2015: Assault and Battery (MD Criminal Code 3-203) and Harassment (MD Criminal Code 3-803)
- 5 November 2015: Cyber bullying (MD Criminal Code 3-805) telephone misuse (MD Criminal Code 3-804), Slander/Defamation of Character (MD Criminal Code 5-105), and Harassment (MD Criminal Code 3-803)
- 2 December 2015: Harassment (MD Criminal Code 3-803)
- 8 December 2015: Harassment (MD Criminal Code 3-803)
- 9 December 2015: Harassment (MD Criminal Code 3-803)
- 11 December 2015: Slander/Defamation of Character (MD Criminal Code 5-105), Perjury (MD Criminal Code 9-101)
- 23 December 2015: Harassment (Criminal Code 3-803)
Mr. Young requested copies of my correspondence with Congressmen, the White House, Board of Education, etc and I happily obliged. He however retorted that he does not handle Juvenile Matters. As such, I requested to speak with the representative who handles them. Mr. Young stated that we were not there to talk about Juvenile Matters at that time, but he implied that he would forward my concerns over to his supervisor. My legal counsel, Craig Kadish & Oleg Fastovsky also discussed these matters at length with Ms. Miller. Mr. Young gave me a list of action items at the conclusion of the intake session. Having done so, he asked that I reach out to Erica Carpio, Howard County States Attorney, Victim Advocate to submit any updated and additional evidence following our intake session. I complied in providing that additional data to both Mr. Young and Ms. Carpio in addition to Matthew Fonseca, Regional Director of Juvenile Services. Mr…..was subsequently summoned on December 31, 2015 to appear in the District Court of Howard County in the State of Maryland vs…..on March 1, 2016. I was subpoenaed to appear as the plaintiff. Notwithstanding I received an inaccurate, insensitive, neglectful, insulting, and inconsiderate letter from Mr. Young dated January 11, 2016 where Mr. Young stated that he is unable to proceed with the case against Mr……because the plain language of the peace order only prohibits contact with my daughter. He further [inaccurately] stated that it does not prevent contact with me. That in itself is wholly incorrect and inaccurate. Judge Mary Reese granted Peace Order…….on behalf of both my daughter and I. As a matter of fact, Line 5 of said Peace Order…….explicitly states that the Respondent shall stay away from the Petitioners place of employment. The petitioner in question would obviously be me given that my daughter is a juvenile. Hence Mr. Young’s assertion that the no contact order extended only to my daughter was both inaccurate and negligent. Mr. Young made the decision to appoint Ms. Carpio as my Witness Advocate. Having done so, my understanding of her job functions were that she would perform the following:
Provides personal contact through correspondence and telephone contact with each victim and witness of assault, harassment, malicious destruction of property, indecent exposure, reckless endangerment, and other crimes. Victims are often referred to appropriate outside services and organizations that may be available to assist them through the criminal justice system. Ms. Carpio can provide information and referrals in the following areas:
- Court Preparation
- Case Update
- Criminal Justice Assistance
- Property Return Assistance
- Parole Notification
Ms. Carpio unfortunately never followed up with me in acknowledging receipt of the evidence I provided. What’s more damning is that she did not provide any type of correspondence with my daughter or I through telephone, email or personal letter. She also did not reach out to me or my daughter regarding referrals to outside services and organizations that may be available to aid us through the criminal justice system. What Ms. Carpio did instead was serve as the Victim Advocate for Mr. and Mrs. for case number….. With that in mind, she sat in the Howard County District Courtroom beside Mrs….. on January 5, 2016 where she was seen engaging in several jokes with both Mrs…..and her family. This in itself gave the appearance of a personal services contract akin to 48 CFR 37.104 in my opinion. Several people in open court witnessed these interactions. With that being said, Mr. Young’s decision to appoint Ms. Carpio as my Victim Advocate was neglectful given that she was already appointed as the Victim Advocate in a case against me. This becomes obvious given that Ms. Carpio never performed the essential duties of her job in serving as my advocate; however, she did so in the case against me. On another note, Mr. Young’s decision not to pursue or even consider Mr….. criminal acts under the purview of MD Criminal Code 3-802 and 3-803 were neglectful considering his previous assault and battery upon me on September 8, 2015. Please note, Ms. Miller declined to prosecute in that case. I believe that both decisions may have perhaps been spurred on by Ms. Carpio’s lack of advocacy for me. Perhaps this was even spurred on by Ms. Miller’s personal feelings towards me. Either way you slice it, Ms. Carpio should have recused herself from serving as my Victim Advocate as she obviously was too close to Mrs……and her family. Should she even be a Witness Advocate considering her inability to remain impartial? Should she even be a Victim Advocate when she does not have the wherewithal to know when she should recuse herself? Should she be a victim witness advocate considering her inattention and insensitivity towards individuals with disabilities?
It was previously prefaced earlier in this document that I would need to enter a separate Peace Order/Complaint for Protection against Mrs…… to ensure protection for my daughter and myself. I followed suit in doing so. Judge Mary Reese granted said Peace Order on behalf of my daughter and I on September 15, 2015. That Peace Order was granted under the auspices of Case Number….. Mrs….. has engaged in an extended course of conduct to harass my daughter, my mother, my ex-wife, and myself since the filing of the final peace order on September 15, 2015. Incidents include the following
- Making a public mockery of my disability status on September 15, 2015
- Shouting expletives at my daughter and I on October 15, 2015
- Filing a false and defaming police report on my daughter and I October 25, 2015
- Telephone misuse and Cyber-bullying of a minor on November 5, 2015
- Shouting unprovoked expletives at me on November 26, 2015
- Perjury in the Howard County Circuit Court on December 11, 2015
- Harassing my mother by driving past my home on December 26, 2015
The acts stated above not only violate the conditions of Peace Order……., but they also violate the conditions of MD Criminal Codes 3-804 (Telephone Misuse) , 3-805 (Grace’s Law, Electronic Harassment of a Minor), and 3-803 (Harassment). I contacted the Howard County Police Department on December 22, 2015 regarding every incident stated above and within this document. Officer George was the responding officer. He took a report and entered it under that same case number previously prefaced….. Sgt. Rukamp also recommended that I enter an application to press charges considering the multitude of infractions and the length of time that said harassment has occurred. I followed suit in doing so on December 30, 2015. The associated Case Number is…… In that complaint, I stated that Mr and Mrs…… have disrupted the living conditions of myself and several neighbors through their continued harassment. I further stated that my daughter and I have been living in imminent danger of our lives, mental well-being, physical well-being, and property as a result of her [their] continued criminal acts. I also stated that, there are others in the community who are afraid as well; however, they are afraid to come forward and speak out given what they have seen my daughter and I endure. A summons was issued to Mrs…. on January 8, 2016 for 3 acts in Violation of a Peace Order and Harassment; A Course of Conduct. Mrs…. was summoned on January 8, 2016 to appear in the District Court of Howard County in the State of Maryland vs. …. on March 8, 2016. I was subpoenaed to appear as the plaintiff.
With that being said, Mrs….. actions of contacting or rather having her daughter contact my child via telephone on November 5, 2015 violates the conditions of paragraph 3 of the peace order. Mrs….. actions on December 26, 2015 also violated the conditions of Paragraph 4 of the Peace Order. Nevertheless as stated previously, I received an inaccurate, insensitive, neglectful, insulting, and inconsiderate letter from Mr. Young dated January 11, 2016 where he stated that he is unable to proceed with the case against Mrs…. because the plain language of the peace order only prohibits contact with my daughter. He again further stated that it does not prevent contact with me. Whether Peace Order…. extends to me or not is/was not for Mr. Young to interpret as he was not involved in said trail with Judge Mary Reese or the follow-up conversations with the Howard County Civil Clerk’s Office. What’s more, Mr. Young is wrong as Judge Mary Reese advised my legal counsel, Craig Kadish & Oleg Fastovsky and I that both peace orders protected my daughter and I. As the victim of this continued trauma and harassment I am left to ponder did Mr. Young do his homework in following up with those parties involved or did he simply rush to judgment? Was Mr. Young perhaps even coerced in declining to prosecute due to Ms. Carpio’s involvement or lack thereof? Or was he perhaps coerced in declining to prosecute based off of Ms. Miller’s feelings?
As mentioned previously my daughter and I have been living in imminent fear and danger of this family since February 2015. I have went to Local Law Enforcement, Social Services, the State Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Services, the Howard County Board of Education, Howard County Public Schools, the State of Maryland Department of Education, Congressmen, the US Department of Education, and even the President of the United States in an effort to get my daughter and I justice and peace of mind. However unfortunate as it may be, we have been repeatedly let down by those within Local Law Enforcement (Howard County Police Department, Howard County Sheriff’s Department, Howard County Social Services, Howard County Juvenile Services, and Howard County State Attorney’s Office). As a result, my daughter and I have had no choice but to live away from home for an extended period of time. I subsequently had no other choice but to relocate my daughter to another school effective January 11, 2016 so she and I could gain some peace of mind in her educational endeavors without having to worry about Mr…..Mrs…..and their juvenile child. This was accomplished in large part through the cumulative efforts of Allan Kittleman, Howard County Executive, Elijah Cummings, Congressmen, and Barack Obama, US President.
It is an extreme injustice by all intents and purposes to allow my daughter and I to continue to suffer at the hands of the….. families obvious criminal behaviors. It is an extreme injustice that this family has threatened to murder my daughter and myself and has the ability to do so. It is extremely sad that the institutions that are called to protect and serve in Howard County are in affect condoning such behaviors in deciding not to prosecute despite the preponderance of evidence and probable cause. It is extremely sad that Ms. Carpio has never contacted my daughter or myself. Will it actually take Mr….placing his hands on me again for Howard County Law Enforcement to open their eyes and prosecute? Should I perhaps have an independent witness on standby constantly watching over my shoulder? Must Mr…..actually carry out his threats to harm my daughter for Howard County Law Enforcement to truly take action? Will Mr…. actually have to carry out his threats to take my or my daughter’s life for Howard County Law Enforcement to prosecute? Will my daughter have to sink further into depression and God forbid take her own life like Grace McComas for Howard County Law Enforcement to prosecute? Will I have to further succumb to my disability or perhaps render myself non-functional for the Howard County Victim Advocates to truly advocate for me? What will it take for the Howard County Assistant State Attorney’s Office to truly promote justice and ensure the rights of victims?
What’s more, Mr. Young also prefaced that I recently pled guilty to and am currently on probation for assaulting Mrs…. 7 year old daughter. The inclusion of that is wholly libel and negligent as I plead, “Not Guilty.” What’s more I have humbly and respectfully paid for my mistake. The inclusion of that factor in my letter potentially violates the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (Double Jeopardy Clause) which stipulates, “No person shall be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” As you know, this law prohibits state and federal governments from prosecuting individuals for the same crime on more than one occasion, or imposing more than one punishment for a single offense. While I am obviously not being prosecuted, it appears that my daughter and I are being punished through a lack of justice for crimes committed against us and a lack of victim advocacy.
The Howard County State Attorney’s Office decision not to prosecute and their lack of advocacy for my daughter and I further exposes us to additional physical harm, emotional harm, and harassment. Howard County Juvenile Services and Howard County Police Departments reluctance to intake….. as a Juvenile Delinquent exposes my daughter and other children in the community and at Longfellow Elementary to additional harm. These actions are grossly negligent in my opinion. As such I am left to ponder the following:
- How many victims in Howard County have been further harmed due to Mr. Young’s inability to properly prosecute?
- How many victims have been harmed in Howard County due to Ms. Carpio’s lack of advocacy?
- How many victims have perhaps lost their lives in Howard County due to Mr. Young’s perceived inability to truly evaluate the risk factors and evidence presented in criminal cases?
- What is Mr. Young, Ms. Carpio, and Ms. Miller’s ability to be impartial?
- Should Mr. Young even be practicing law given the factors stated within?
- Should Ms. Carpio even be a Victim Advocate given her inability to remain impartial?
- What is the extent of Mrs. Brogdon-Wright’s relationship with Mrs…..and her family?
- What is Mrs. Brogdon-Wright’s ability to remain impartial?
- How many bullied children have perhaps lost their lives in Howard County due to Mrs. Brogdon-Wright’s perceived inability to truly evaluate risk factors and evidence presented in juvenile cases?
With all of those things stated above, it should be noted that I stopped by the Howard County District Attorney’s Office on January 19, 2016 in hopes to either speak with Claude de Vestay Jones, Chief District Court Division or Shirley Harbin, Director, Victim Advocate. I instead was approached by Ms. Carpio who stated that she knew that I did not want to speak with her. I stated that is correct unless she is a supervisor. Ms. Carpio coldly retorted that she was not a supervisor, that she was busy, and that she was running late for her next appointment. I was visibly shaken throughout our conversation. Nevertheless I advised Ms. Carpio that I understood but I really needed to speak to a supervisor as it was a matter of public health and safety. Ms. Carpio harshly responded by stating well she has a full case load and she’s busy so I would have to make an appointment. I asked her could she please just the supervisor to make an adjustment to her schedule or simply make an appointment for me. Ms. Carpio said that she would not and that I would need to speak with a secretary. I asked Ms. Carpio to please do this for me as I was succumbing to my disability (of which she is fully aware). Ms. Carpio showed no compassion whatsoever in leaving me to my own vices as she retorted, “that’s not going to get you in here to see anyone. You need to call 911 if you’re having an emergency.” She subsequently threw up her hands, closed the door, and stormed off thereby leaving me completely compromised by disability. I subsequently passed out due to complications with my disability brought on by Ms. Carpio’s inhumane, aggressive, rude, uncompassionate, and insensitive treatment on January 19, 2016 and throughout this entire ordeal. I was subsequently rushed to Howard County General Hospital on January 19, 2016 as a result of this trauma. Despite my medical emergency, I have never received a follow-up from Ms. Carpio or anyone from the Howard County State Attorney’s Office regarding my health condition. With all things being said, I believe you should be completely aware of the injustices brought upon my daughter and myself not only by Mr…..and Mrs….., but also the injustices, harsh treatment, lack of personal care, and lack of advocacy to victims in Howard County.
I am transmitting this letter to not only make you aware of my individualized concerns with Howard County Law Enforcement and the Judicial Departments but also make you aware of them from a community perspective on behalf of all citizens in Howard County. My concern is that if my daughter and I have been repeatedly denied justice and peace by those who have been called to uphold the law and protect and serve in Howard County how many other citizens have and may perhaps fall prey to these same circumstances if change is not brought forward? I believe it is critical that we have a conversation regarding this matter as it deals with public safety and justice for all individuals within Howard County not just my family. As such, I would like to request a face to meeting with either yourself or your designee.
Thank you for all that you do for the State of Maryland sir. And congratulations for taking it to cancer.
Dedrick L Moone
cc: Boyd Rutherford, Lt Governor
The sister of her assailant confided in a teacher what had occurred. The teacher responded accordingly by filing a report with the counseling center. Both families were subsequently notified. Mrs. McComa’s informed me that she engaged in a form of phone tag with the respective counselor thereafter. The matter unfortunately went unresolved as it was the end of the school year. Mrs. McComa’s reported that she attempted to follow-up with the counselor again when school commenced; however, the counselor never returned her calls.
Grace was supoenaed to appear as the plaintiff against her assailant shortly thereafter. Per Mrs. McComas they then became aware of an awful, malicious, dehumanizing, sexually-tinged form cyberbullying that was aimed at her through discovery and interrogatories. Comments purportedly included,
While the law is on the books in per Howard County Board of Education Policy 1060, Howard County Public Schools is still not doing enough to recognize, promote, and fully implement the law however. Hence children and families are still being exposed to bullying, sexual harassment, physical assault, verbal assault, and harassment all together. As a matter of fact, I would have been able to better protect my daughter from the scourge of bullying, harassment, and assault that she endured had I known about the law. It’s a bit trivial in a sense as I know about it now. I also know her mother very well and she is a jewel of a lady, mom, wife, friend, and advocate for all of our children. While I am saddened that Grace decided to take her own life, I take joy in knowing that it was not in vain as she is sitting at God’s hand smiling down on each child across this nation. Thank you for your sacrifices to all of the children and families in not only Howard County but across this Nation Mrs. McComas and Grace. I humbly salute you both while also keeping you in my prayers.
Dear Ms. Benoist,
My daughter and I tune in each Monday at 8:00 PM to watch Supergirl. We put on our jammies, grab, a spot on the couch and watch your exploits in soaring across the sky and saving the world. With that being said, I am reaching out to you in part to congratulate you on a spectacular 1st season of the show.
Above and beyond all of that, I also wanted to let you know about my little Supergirl. My daughter (age 8) is both an honor student and a Girl Scout. She unfortunately was and has been subjected to an extreme form of bullying and harassment by another juvenile who attends her former school. This bullying includes attempted murder, physical assault, attempted sexual assault, slander, defamation of character, cyber-bullying, and harassment. What’s amazing is that while she has been depressed and isolated she has remained on the honor roll throughout this whole ordeal. And that’s pretty SUPER if I must say so myself.
I worked tirelessly day in night in working with officials at the Maryland State Department of Education, Howard County Board of Education, Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), MD State Delegates, and members of Congress in an effort to remove my daughter from the toxic environment at her former elementary school. My daughter and I attended the Howard County Public School Systems Town Hall on Education on 8 December 2015. My daughter and I served as the kickoff speakers of the event where we both spoke of her ordeal. My daughter proudly grabbed the microphone in recounting her horror story in front of approximately 200 individuals to include State Delegates, Congressmen, other elected officials, the general public, and members of the press. This Town Hall is available for public viewing at this URLhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah9R73epuzc. She and I can be heard at the 7:00 minute mark. HCPSS turned a death ear to anyone that tried to assist my daughter and I with this ordeal until she and I reached out to the White House. President Obama responded by contacting the US Department of Education on our behalf. The US Department of Education in turn initiated a Civil Rights complaint on our behalf. HCPSS finally turned around and approved my request for a transfer to a new school on January 6, 2016.
The tears that I shed as we walked into her new school accompanied by her Girl Scout Troop Leader (and the PTA President)… The tears that I shed as I hugged her goodbye… And those tears that I shed when the PTA President left a message on my cell letting me know that she checked on my little Supergirl during lunch time and that she was having a great day and that she would be watching out for her daily. Oh my goodness they were tears of joy in jubilation in knowing that daughter was finally safe.
Could you please recognize my little Supergirl for her bravery, strength of character, and resolve in navigating through this entire ordeal? Can you recognize her in being one of the few hero’s in getting her concerns heard directly by President Obama? I know that you are extremely busy, but if it’s not too much to ask could you please visit her school, send her a video shout-out, or something of the sort? Doing so would let every student and parent world wide that bullying will not be tolerated by anyone at school or in our communities.
Thank you for taking to the sky each Monday so my daughter and I can bond. And an extra special thank you in advance for listening and anything that you are willing and able to do.
Dedrick L. Moone
A Humble Man and Father
Dear First Lady Obama,
I am reaching out to the President and yourself to congratulate you both on a successful 7 years in office. I also wanted to sing your collective praises for an outstanding State of the Union yesterday. I also wanted to follow-up with you regarding White House Case # 20160105-06780308 (Bullying). My daughter (age 8) is both an honor student and a Girl Scout in Troop. She unfortunately has been subjected to an extreme form of bullying and harassment by another juvenile who attends her school. This bullying includes attempted murder, physical assault, attempted sexual assault, slander, defamation of character, cyber-bullying, and harassment. What’s amazing is that while she has been depressed and isolated she has remained on the honor roll throughout this whole ordeal. And that’s a big deal. I worked tirelessly day in night in working with officials at the Maryland State Department of Education, Howard County Board of Education, HCPSS, State Delegates, and members of Congress in an effort to remove my daughter from the toxic environment at her former elementary school. My daughter and I attended the Howard County Public School Systems Town Hall on Education on 8 December 2015. My daughter and I served as the kickoff speakers of the event where we both spoke of her ordeal. My daughter proudly grabbed the microphone as you so often do in recounting her horror story in front of approximately 200 individuals to include State Delegates, Congressmen, other elected officials, the general public, and members of the press. This Town Hall is available for public viewing at this URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah9R73epuzc. She and I can be heard at the 7:00 minute mark. HCPSS turned a death ear to anyone that tried to assist my daughter and I with this ordeal until I reached out to yourself Mrs. First Lady and Mr. President. Howard County Public Schools finally approved my daughter to transfer to her new school on 6 January 2016 after I reached out to you.
If it is not too much to ask, could you please recognize my daughter for her bravery and strength of resolve by visiting her school? Could you perhaps even Skype her a shout out at school? Doing so would let every student know that bullying will not be tolerated by anyone at school or in our communities. Thank you so much for all that you have done for this nation and this country. And an extra special thank you for what you have personally done for my daughter and myself.
Dedrick L. Moone
A Humble Man and Father
My daughter and I have been through the ringer in dealing with HCPSS. My daughter is being bullied & tormented by another child who attends her school & lives in our community. This other child has assaulted my daughter on multiple occasions. She has also attempted to sexually violate my daughter on multiple occasions. She has also spread ungodly rumors about my daughter at school & in our community. What’s sad is that my daughter is only 8 years old whereas the other child is 9. The bullying is so out of hand that my daughter is afraid to go to school or even outside & play in our community. To make matters worse is that the other child’s parents have stalked, harassed, & threatened us with acts of physical violence, murder, & made mockeries of my disability status. I submitted an out of District Transfer Request to Ron Morris, HCPSS Director of Elementary Education on 11/9/15. Mr. Morris advised me that he was not the decision authority of such requested but that he would advocate on my behalf. I followed up in speaking with Maryanne Thomas, School Reassignment Specialist on 11/20/15 in sharing our story of torment and fear of public safety with my daughter being at Longfellow Elementary. Nevertheless Ms. Thomas displayed a casual, nonchalant, and non-compassionate response to our plight. Having said that, she advised me that it she had the paperwork, that she was getting ready to leave for the afternoon, that she would look at it upon her return to duty, and that it would take approximately 2-4 weeks to process. I was visibly shaken and flabbergasted by her lack of compassion in knowing our story as I truly fear(ed) for my daughter. As a result, I decided to go above her head in reaching out directly to Dr. Renee Foose, HCPSS Superintendent, Christine O’Connor, Howard County Board of Education Chariman, Ellen Flynn Giles, Vice Chairman, Ann Delacey, Janet Saddiqui, Cindy Vaillancourt, and the HCPSS Ombudsmen regarding the matter. However unfortunate as it may be I only received a response and compassion from Ms. Vaillancourt. Consequently I then reached out to Dr. Michael Ford, School Safety Specialist, MD State Department of Education regarding these matters Dr. Ford has been compassionate in an effort to bring forth a resolution yet his hands were tied as he lacked authority to enforce action upon HCPSS
Consequently I felt compelled to reach out to President Obama, Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Congressmen Donna Edwards, Congressmen Guy Guzzone, Congressmen Nancy Pelosi, Delegate Frank Turner, Delegate Warren Miller, and Allan Kittlemen, Howard County Executive. President Obama responded twice. He first responded in sending me a letter in advising me of various resources to use to combat bullying. He responded a second time in forwarding an executive action to the US State Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights to commence an investigation against HCPSS for violation of Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504. This complaint is currently under investigation.
Congressmen Elijah Cummings also responded to my complaint as well.
Everything stated within goes hand-in-hand with the petition to not renew Renee Foose’s contract (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/cut-foose-loose). The Howard County Board of Education has used various strategies to try and discredit those who have signed the petition and the factors stated within. However I do not believe that White House and Congressional action should be dare be discredited. The issues in Howard County Public Schools are horrible. We have to get the news out to the public regarding such matters.
A Humble Man and Father
A grown woman and her child have been harassing my daughter and I for nearly a year. They have called my daughter and myself all types of derogatory terms, accused my child of doing things completely unconscionable and unbecoming of an 8 year old, and have even assaulted your child on multiple occasions in both a violent and sexual nature. These physical acts of violence include the other child placing her hands around my daughters neck and choking her on at least 3 or 4 occasions within the community that we live in. They also include attempting to choke and drown your daughter at your community pool. Further incidents include punching your daughter in the stomach and kicking and stomping her as she lied prone on the ground after. What’s more, is that my daughter has been subjected to inappropriate touch via a sexual variety by her perpetrator. Those whom are empowered to protect my daughter and I have done little of nothing to protect her. As such, she’s now afraid to go to school or even go outside and play in our community. Dr. Phil please help.
A Humble Man and Father
|Imagine for a moment that 1st time that you held your son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson, granddaughter in your arms. Recall in those tender moments how beautiful you knew and thought they were as you gazed down at them. Can you remember the promises that you made to them? I promised my daughter that I would never let her fall, that I would never drop her, that I would give her all of my love, protect and provide for her, and give my very last breath for her if need be. As a result, I fought her mother for custody during the course of our divorce and won. I have sense been raising my daughter by myself as a single parent for the past 6 years. Now imagine for a moment that a grown woman and her child have been harassing you and your child for nearly a year. That grown woman and her child have called your daughter and yourself all types of derogatory terms, accused your child of doing things completely unconscionable and unbecoming of an 8 year old, and has even assaulted your child on multiple occasions in both a violent and sexual nature. These physical acts of violence include the other child placing her hands around your daughters neck and choking her on at least 3 or 4 occasions within the community that you live in. They also include attempting to choke and drown your daughter at your community pool. Dr. Phil please help.
Jennifer Ludwig is a full time educator and teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Columbia, MD. Mrs. Ludwig was formerly my daughter’s second grade teacher. My daughter suffers from school refusal (phobia) due to unresolvable and ongoing issues at Longfellow Elementary. As such, I submitted an out of district transfer request to Howard County Public Schools on November 9, 2015.
Those issues stated above present no negative bearing on Mrs. Ludwig whatsoever. Mrs. Ludwig continuously went above and beyond in making herself available to discuss any and all things related to my daughter’s education and health and wellbeing. It did not matter whether it was morning, noon, or night as Mrs. Ludwig was/is always available during and after school hours. Mrs. Ludwig offered many words of wisdom, encouragement, and advice from one parent to the next. She always has/had a smile on her face in all of her interactions with students and parents of diverse classes and populations. I have personally witnessed her giving several students high fives, smiles, and winks of the eye in making them fell as if they were her own children. These observations were made during the course of my many visits to the Longfellow Elementary Campus and her classroom. Mrs. Ludwig was/is very transparent and informative about what was occurring and forthcoming from an educational standpoint in her classroom. She also gave and provided several references towards additional educational references beyond what was required in an effort to further prepare for the future (middle and high school).
I would have made efforts to get my daughter transferred to another school much sooner were it not for Mrs. Ludwig’s caring and loving nature. As a matter of fact, my daughter expressed to the Longfellow Administration and I that Mrs. Ludwig was/is the lone educator that she trusted with reference to her troubles. Consequently my daughter expressed to me that she will sorely miss Mrs. Ludwig in transferring to her new school. I wholeheartedly second her thoughts in that regard as I truly believe that Mrs. Ludwig is not only the best teacher in Howard County but also the entire Washington DC Metro Area.
I sincerely and wholeheartedly appreciate Mrs. Ludwig for all of the positive contributions that she made towards my daughters academic pursuits and my family’s life during our time at Longfellow Elementary. Howard County would truly be the best school system [beyond test scores] if it had more teachers like Mrs. Ludwig as she is truly a jewel. As a point of note, my daughter gave Mrs. Ludwig a red/crystal apple that say’s Number 1 teacher on it. For those reasons stated within, I believe that Mrs. Ludwig is definitely the teacher of the year.
Dedrick L. Moone
A Humble Man and Father