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Prince George's School CEO to Make Public Reports on Student Safety

May 31, 2016 WUSA 9

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George’s County School CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell has promised to report publicly each year statistics and updates on school safety, in the wake of a shocking child porn case at an elementary school.

Maxwell will also establish an Office of Monitoring, Accountability and Compliance to assume responsibility for reforming the school systems approach to stopping child sex abuse.

The changes come in the wake of the release of a much anticipated report from an independent Student Safety Task Force created after the arrest of school volunteer Deonte Carraway.

Carraway is accused of making videos as he allegedly sexually abused at least 17 children he is suspected of cornering alone while working as a volunteer at the Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden.

The report found problems with the sex abuse training and education received by both employees and students, as well as uncertainty about which volunteers need  what level of background checks.  

Some respondents to a survey said they feared reporting suspected abuse because it might harm the reputation of the accused unjustly. Others claimed the electronic screening system for checking visitors and volunteers into schools does not always work.

Maxwell says despite the Carraway case, he does not believe the entire system protecting children is broken.

“This was one school.  And I said this is a very terrible thing that happened.” Maxwell said. “But I have 200-and-some other schools where it did not happen,” he continued.

The Student Safety Task Force focused on the system as a whole. 

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