UPPER MARLBORO, MD. (WUSA9) - Six individuals directly involved in abuse claims at a Prince George’s County Head Start Program are facing disciplinary actions, officials announced Thursday.
This comes after a scathing report that revealed two cases of child abuse at Head Start centers around Prince George's County in 2015 and 2016, and the failure of school system officials to correct the problems.
The six people include certified teachers, classroom aides and an administrative supervisor.
Officials released the following statement Thursday:
Over the past two weeks, I have carefully reviewed the circumstances surrounding the loss of our federal Head Start Program grant. From the beginning, I have pledged to hold those who violated our students’ rights and dignity and betrayed parents’ trust fully accountable.
Today, I have taken disciplinary action against six individuals directly involved in the incidents cited in the Administration for Children and Families report, including certified teachers, classroom aides and an administrative supervisor. These individuals will no longer be in front of any child in Prince George’s County Public Schools.
Our message is clear: We will not tolerate this type of behavior. Our schools will cultivate teaching and learning environments that prioritize students’ well-being – and we will act swiftly to remove individuals who do not uphold these ideals. We are continuing to implement system-wide recommendations from the Student Safety Task Force, steps that will improve our protocols around reporting and transparency at all levels of the system. Every day, we will work diligently to fix the culture and conditions that led to past incidents and abuses.
Our children and community deserve nothing less.