Howard County Superintendent and Ombudsmen Notification

Good afternoon,

I hope that this email finds you well. With that being said, I feel extremely inclined to reach out to you as a concerned parent of a student within HCPSS. My daughter is an Honor Student at… She is also a Brownie Scout. My daughter has unfortunately been subjected to constant bullying during both school and non-school hours. Her perpetrator is another student at….whom also happens to live four houses down from us. This bullying has consisted of inappropriate touch, foul language (directed at my daughter and myself), threats of violence, acts of physical violence upon my daughter and myself, and several false claims  on both school and non-school grounds​. I took what I believe to be appropriate proactive measures in notifying the Laurel Marsh, Principal, Dan Notari, Vice Principal, Lori Jenner, Guidance Counselor, and Sarah Kroushler, Alternative Education Specialist of these issues at onset (August 18, 2015) so as my daughter would be protected and feel safe when she enters school for the day.

As of today, the children have been involved in multiple altercations during both school and non-school hours.

The Administrators at…failed us miserably as they never informed me of the proper procedures to document and report bullying within the school nor community. What’s more they never informed me of my rights as a parent, nor citizen. What’s more they never made any mention of me towards Howard County Board of Education POLICY 1060. ​As a matter of fact, I only found out about the policy in recently conducing my own independent research. With that being said, they have failed to implement Prevention procedures with particular reference towards bullets E and F. They have further failed to implement Intervention procedures with particular reference towards bullets B, C, and F. They have also failed in the area of Reporting procedures with direct reference towards bullets 3, 4, and 5. They have also failed in the area of Violations of Policy with particular reference towards bullet’s 2 A, 2 B, 2 C, 3 D, 7, and 8.

I have spoken with Ron Morris, Director of Elementary Education at the Howard County Board of Education regarding out of district transfer requests as this has become much more than an incident of bullying. It has now become a public safety issue. Nevertheless the Howard County Board of Education [School Reassignment Office] does not appear willing to treat it as such for some reason or the other. Perhaps they do not believe that things are as bad as they seem. Or perhaps they believe that it’s acceptable that my Honor Student and Girl Scout is suffering day in and out when she enters school.

I subsequently reached out to Dr. Michael Ford, School Safety Specialist, Maryland State Department of Education as my daughter reiterated to me yet again this morning that she does not want to go to school as she feels unsafe at school. Dr. Ford has been so kind as to listen to my complaints and concerns. He has also reached out to his counterparts in Howard County in an effort to bring about some form of resolution. However I ask should I have had to elevate the issue to the state level?

At any rate, my daughter further reiterated that she doesn’t feel comfortable reporting incidents of bullying and harassment to the adults due to what I call broken trust. With that in mind, my daughter also informed me that each time she reports any incident between her assailant and herself, her bully goes back to Ms. Croushler and lies on her so as to make it appear that my daughter was the aggressor while she plays the role of the victim. What’s more, my daughter has also reported that her bully has continuously and habitually spread rumors about her. The results of all of these acts have seriously disrupted the learning environment not only for my child but several other students at…. What’s more is that it has had a significant impact on our day-to-day life. At the end of the day, I’m just trying to do the best that I can to protect my daughter as a single parent and father in removing her from this tumultuous environment. However unfortunately as it may be, as mentioned previously it appears that the Howard County Board of Education [School Reassignment Office] would much rather turn a blind eye towards this public safety and bullying issue. This is extremely concerning to me as a parent as I fear that I and other parents could potentially have other Grace McCormas on our hands if something isn’t done and soon. With that being said, I am reaching out to you in hopes that you might be able to bring about some form of resolution regarding the bullying that is and has been occurring at….and perhaps facilitate the immediate processing of my out of district transfer request. Please help.

V/r

Dedrick L. Moone

A Humble Man and Father
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