Damascus students charged with rape

May 29, 2019 | Staff Writer

Damascus Names New Athletic Director

Damascus High School has a new athletic director, the school’s principal announced Wednesday. Clifford Elgin, formerly the assistant athletic director at Clarksburg High School, was chosen to lead the beleaguered program at Damascus. “Mr. Elgin is extremely excited to bring his experiences to Damascus and work collaboratively with our student-athletes, coaches, parents and guardians, staff […]

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May 16, 2019 | Andrea Sarralde

Concejal Jawando responde al reporte de MCPS sobre incidente en Damascus

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) anunciaron la tarde del martes, que su investigación interna sobre los incidentes, que tuvieron lugar el 31 de octubre en el vestuario de niños de la Escuela Secundaria Damascus, se completó.    Durante la conferencia de prensa, se anunciaron los siguientes pasos:   Se han tomado medidas disciplinarias, pero no se dieron […]

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May 15, 2019 | Staff Writer

Councilmember Jawando Responds to MCPS’ Report on Damascus Incidents

Late Tuesday afternoon, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) announced that their internal investigation into the horrific incidents that took place in the boy’s locker room at Damascus High School on October 31 was complete. Some of the next steps announced at the news conference: disciplinary action has been taken but no specifics were released the […]

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May 14, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS: Damascus Athletic Director, JV Coaching Staff Are Out

Montgomery County Public School Superintendent Jack Smith held a press conference Tuesday, where Smith answered questions about the letter mailed to the Damascus community detailing an update into MCPS’s internal investigation into the alleged locker room rapes. (Video courtesy of Facebook/Fox 5 DC) Athletic Director, JV Football Coach Out at Damascus MCPS is making major […]

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May 14, 2019 | Staff Writer

MCPS Puts Damascus Football Program on Probation

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Jack Smith released a letter today that was sent to the Damascus High School community. The letter provides an update on MCPS’ internal investigation into the sexual assault charges resulting from an incident that occurred on October 31, 2018 in the boys’ locker room. The investigation is complete and […]

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May 9, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

More Fallout at Damascus: Athletic Director Placed on Leave

Joe Doody, the athletic director at Damascus High School, was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday. In an email to Damascus coaches, the systemwide athletics director at Montgomery County Public Schools, Jeff Sullivan confirmed that the leave is due to the ongoing investigation into the supervision of the boys’ locker room on the afternoon of […]

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May 7, 2019 | Staff Writer

Damascus Principal Resigns Amid Football Rape Scandal

In an unexpected turn of events, the principal of Damascus High School resigned earlier today. Casey Crouse has been the principal at Damascus since her appointment in June, 2017. In a letter Crouse sent home today, she stated the decision to transition from her role as principal to another position in the school system was […]

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May 7, 2019 | Sam Merrill

Damascus High School JV Football Coach Placed on Leave

The Junior Varsity Football Coach at Damascus High School was placed on administrative leave last month as part of the internal investigation following the locker room hazing incident in October. The investigation is looking into the supervision coaches and staff members have over students in the locker rooms, which is where this incident took place. […]

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April 16, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Hires External Firm to Investigate Damascus Sexual Assault Case

Montgomery County Public Schools published a letter that Superintendent Jack Smith emailed to the Damascus high school community on Sunday. The letter is about how MCPS is cooperating with law enforcement’s investigation into alleged rapes and violent assaults at Damascus, and they’ve also hired an external firm to internally investigate the school and football team […]

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April 3, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Damascus High Case Raises Question: What Is Juvenile Court?

The recent Damascus High School assaults trained attention on the juvenile court. The boys charged in the case were first charged as adults, facing adult penalties, until their lawyers successfully petitioned to move their cases to the juvenile system. We talked with the Department of Juvenile Services to learn how the system for adjudicating youths […]

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