Damascus High School

December 7, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS High School Rankings Based on Maryland School Report Card Scores

Maryland’s Department of Education unveiled its new “accountability system” earlier this week: Maryland School Report Cards. Although Maryland schools have received “report cards” for the past two decades, Maryland Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon believes the new system is more comprehensive. Accordingly, schools receive three scores: Star Rating (based on point percentage). Percentile Rank (school’s […]

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November 26, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Bail Reduced for Damascus High Football Players

A Montgomery County judge Monday reduced the bail of the four boys who face first-degree rape charges in the wake of a locker room incident on Halloween. The boys, all 15-year-old members of the Damascus High School junior varsity football team, had been held without bail after their arrests Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving. […]

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November 26, 2018 | Staff Writer

Riemer Hosts Last Meet the Media

Council President Hans Riemer holds his last “meet the media.” Discussions included some budget talk, as it relates to compensation, as well as his thoughts on the Halloween incident at Damascus High School. If the council follows custom, Council Vice President Nancy Navarro will become the council’s new president.

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November 26, 2018 | Staff Writer

Brooms Discovered on Damascus High School Grounds Sunday

Multiple brooms were discovered Sunday evening on and near the Damascus High School grounds, according to the principal. Principal Casey Crouse sent a letter to parents on Monday letting them know about the incident. According to the letter, the police were notified, and the brooms were removed Sunday. Both Montgomery County Public Schools staff members […]

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November 21, 2018 | Staff Writer

Police Charge Four Damascus High Boys as Adults in Sex Assault Case

Four of the five juveniles charged in the Damascus High School sexual assaults have been charged as adults, according to a Montgomery County police statement. The fifth juvenile remains charged as a juvenile. The four were arrested Wednesday morning with Montgomery County criminal warrants and taken to the county’s Central Processing Unit, police said. The […]

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November 20, 2018 | Staff Writer

Smith Meets the Media

School Superintendent Jack Smith meets with reporters, discussing the incident at Damascus High School, the capital budget and upcoming state assessments of schools, among other topics. A Damascus High parent attended the session.

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November 19, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Damascus Father Criticizes High School’s Principal over Response to Incident

A Damascus parent told school Superintendent Jack Smith he was frustrated with his son’s high school principal Monday, saying she accused all the boys of the junior varsity football team, even though only five have been accused. The principal, Casey Crouse, has not addressed the parents, he said. “Certainly we will follow up on the […]

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November 9, 2018 | Staff Writer

MCPS Superintendent Responds to Concerns over Damascus Varsity Football

In a letter addressed to the MCPS Community Friday, Jack Smith, Montgomery County Public School Superintendent, says there is no indication that any Damascus varsity football players were involved in last week’s hazing incident that resulted in second-degree rape and attempted second-degree rape charges against five junior varsity football players. Smith’s letter states that community members […]

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November 8, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne and Mitti Hicks

MCPS Addresses Damascus Hazing Incident in Video to Students

In a letter addressed to the MCPS Sports Community, Jeff Sullivan, who serves as the athletic director for Montgomery County Public Schools said, “abuse, bullying, hazing, and harassment, in any form have no place in the MCPS athletics program.” Sullivan’s letter comes just days after five Damascus High School students on the school’s junior varsity football […]

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November 3, 2018 | Staff Writer

Smith Issues Statement on Damascus High Students’ Rape Charges

The Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent, Jack Smith, issued a statement Saturday on the Oct. 31st Damascus High School hazing incident that resulted in five students charged with rape. MCPS Community – Please read this important message from Superintendent Smith regarding Damascus High School https://t.co/Aa8JK3Us3E — MCPS (@MCPS) November 3, 2018 Previous posts Update: Three […]

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