Education

UPDATE: Substitute Middle School Teacher Found Guilty of Child Sexual Abuse

UPDATE: Substitute Middle School Teacher Found Guilty of Child Sexual Abuse

UPDATE 4/17/2019: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, after five days of trial, a Charles County jury convicted Keith Allan Krikstan, 31 of Waldorf, of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. On January 11, 2018, a detective with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office met with the then...
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Two Students Arrested at Thomas Stone High School

Two Students Arrested at Thomas Stone High School

On Friday, April 12, 2019, at approximately 10:00 a.m., a school resource officer assigned to Thomas Stone High School was advised of an altercation between two students inside a classroom. When the officer entered the room, he observed a male student being restrained by a teacher and several students, while another male student was...
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17-Year-Old La Plata High School Student Charged with Disruption of School Activities

17-Year-Old La Plata High School Student Charged with Disruption of School Activities

On April 11, 2019, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a social media post relating to a possible school shooting that was going to happen on the next day on April 12. Officers identified the person who initiated the post as a student at La Plata High School. Contact was made...
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14-Year-Old Student Arrested with Loaded Handgun at La Plata High School

14-Year-Old Student Arrested with Loaded Handgun at La Plata High School

On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at approximately 10:40 a.m., it was brought to a La Plata High School administrator’s attention that a student had revealed he had a bullet in his possession. The administrator brought the student to the office and found him to be in possession of a handgun and bullets. A school...
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Black Diamond Disaster to be Commemorated at St. Clement’s Island Museum

Black Diamond Disaster to be Commemorated at St. Clement’s Island Museum

In April 1865, following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the Quartermaster Corps sent the barge Black Diamond to the lower Potomac to stand on picket duty off St. Clement’s Island. Her main job was to keep John Wilkes Booth from crossing the Potomac River. During the same time, the steamer Massachusetts headed for...
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Annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival at Annmarie Garden

Annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival at Annmarie Garden

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland will be transformed into a magical place of merriment on Sunday, April 14 from 11:00am-4:00 pm for the 9th annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival. Families are invited to enjoy a day full of natural play and imaginative fun, with games, appearances by special characters,...
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Hell Rooms Of Calvert County Public Schools Part III: Superintendent Daniel Curry Responds

Hell Rooms Of Calvert County Public Schools Part III: Superintendent Daniel Curry Responds

Superintendent Daniel Curry said he first learned of Calvert County’s statistics on the use of restraint and seclusion approximately one month ago. “Well, my initial thought is that, that’s not good. And we’ve obviously got some work to do.” Curry added, “We have a wide range of responsibility here and we take it...
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The Hell Rooms of Calvert County Public Schools: Part II

The Hell Rooms of Calvert County Public Schools: Part II

UPDATE 4/3/2019: There was an error in the spreadsheet data that was utilized to create the seclusion graphs in the article below. The article indicated that Talbot County was #1 in seclusions. There was a data entry error that lead to that finding. Talbot actually had zero reported seclusions (lowering them on the graph...
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The Hell rooms of Calvert County Public Schools Part I: Seclusion & Restraint

The Hell rooms of Calvert County Public Schools Part I: Seclusion & Restraint

“Seclusion and restraint.” It probably isn’t a term with which most people are familiar. If the unfamiliar person were to wager a guess at just what exactly does “seclusion and restraint” mean, images of maximum security prisons or the interrogation of terrorism suspects might come to mind. Cooper Stephens is all too familiar with...
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Rumors of Shooting at Esperanza Middle School are False

Rumors of Shooting at Esperanza Middle School are False

After receiving multiple calls and emails from parents, SMNEWSNET was able to obtain the following email that was sent to parents of students at Esperanza Middle School. Good evening Esperanza Middle School Community – We have been receiving inquiries in regards to rumors referencing a potential shooting at EMS. Once we were made aware...
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UPDATE: St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Say No Sustained or Credible Threats Were Identified at Area Schools

UPDATE: St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Say No Sustained or Credible Threats Were Identified at Area Schools

UPDATE: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint investigation with St. Mary’s County Public Schools, regarding threats circulating via text messages and on social media. After an extensive investigation, no sustained or credible threats were identified. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Public Schools will continue to fully...
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Congressman Hoyer Releases Statement on Anniversary of Great Mills School Shooting

Congressman Hoyer Releases Statement on Anniversary of Great Mills School Shooting

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County: “I join with the Great Mills High School community in remembering Jaelynn Willey, whose life was tragically and senselessly cut short one year ago. My prayers and deepest sympathies are...
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Jazz Fest, Job Fair, Open Houses, Connections with Edna Troiano and the Stage Production of Pippin Highlight a Busy April at CSM

Jazz Fest, Job Fair, Open Houses, Connections with Edna Troiano and the Stage Production of Pippin Highlight a Busy April at CSM

Area Public School Jazz Band Clinic at CSM. 9 a.m., April 4-5. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center (FA), 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Beginning at 9 a.m. and throughout the day, award-winning trumpeter Dr. James Moore will rehearse and critique jazz band students from area public schools as part...
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UPDATE: Building Service Worker at Northern High School Arrested for Sexual Assault of 15-Year-Old Student

UPDATE: Building Service Worker at Northern High School Arrested for Sexual Assault of 15-Year-Old Student

UPDATE: The following is a transcript of court documents: The student, a 15-year-old female, reported that a building service worker, Scott David Valentine, inappropriately touched her. She stated that she was waiting with two friends for basketball practice to start. Her and her two friends were watching the boys practice through the hallway glass. Scott...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Two to four inches of snow expected to overspread the area early Wednesday morning and mix and change to freezing rain and sleet during the late morning hours on Wednesday. Precipitation will change to plain rain...
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Judges Rule Charles County School System Did Not Violate Student’s Rights

Judges Rule Charles County School System Did Not Violate Student’s Rights

A Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled this week that La Plata High School and its administrators did not violate a student’s First Amendment rights during a world history class that included lessons about Islam. In the fall of 2014, the family of Caleigh Wood, then a junior at La Plata, sued the...
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New Environmental Studies and Historic St. Mary’s City Partnership Receives Grant Award from the Maryland Agricultural Council

New Environmental Studies and Historic St. Mary’s City Partnership Receives Grant Award from the Maryland Agricultural Council

On Thursday, February 7, a faculty, staff, and student team representing the Heirloom Garden Project, a new partnership between the environmental studies program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City, received a grant award from the Maryland Agricultural Council during the Annual Taste of Maryland Agriculture gala in Glen Burnie,...
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UPDATE: Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Found Dead in Car After Apparent Suicide

UPDATE: Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Found Dead in Car After Apparent Suicide

UPDATE: The Prince George’s County Police Detectives are investigating the death of a man found inside of his car near Indian Head Highway just before midnight Thursday. Officers responded to a 911 call for a single vehicle that had run off Route 210 and had come to rest in the 17000 block of Beech...
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Charles County Kindergarten Teacher Caught Smoking Crack at Korner Karryout in Mechanicsville

Charles County Kindergarten Teacher Caught Smoking Crack at Korner Karryout in Mechanicsville

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, Cpl. C. Beyer of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Korner Karryout on Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville, after a witness reported what looked like a woman smoking crack in the parking lot. When police arrived, they found the driver of a Silver Hyundai Sonata slumped...
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One Injured After Another Motor Vehicle Accident at First Colony and FDR Boulevard

One Injured After Another Motor Vehicle Accident at First Colony and FDR Boulevard

On Monday, January 21, 2019 at approximately 8:10 a.m., police fire and rescue personnel responded to First Colony Boulevard and FDR Boulevard in California, for the motor vehicle accident reported serious. Crews arrived on scene to find two vehicles involved in a t-bone style collision with one vehicle in the roadway, and one vehicle...
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Bailey Statement on Funding for the University System of Maryland Academic and Research Center

Bailey Statement on Funding for the University System of Maryland Academic and Research Center

Senator Jack Bailey released the following statement today after the Governor’s inclusion of $11,953,000 in Maryland’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget to complete the design and begin construction of the University of Maryland Academic and Research Center at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, also known as the ‘Third Building’ at the Regional Higher Education...
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CSM Announces Keynote Speaker for 20th Winter Commencement January 17

CSM Announces Keynote Speaker for 20th Winter Commencement January 17

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will recognize 541 candidates for 547 degrees and 250 certificates during its 20th Winter Commencement January 17 at the La Plata Campus. The graduates range in age from 18 to 64, with 37 percent from Charles County, 33 percent from St. Mary’s County, 23 percent from Calvert County...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: All St. Mary’s County Public Schools, including FULL day Head Start, will have a delayed opening of two hours on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. AM Pre-Kindergarten and AM Head Start students will not have school. However, there will be classes for PM Pre-Kindergarten and PM Head Start...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Monday, January 14, 2019

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Monday, January 14, 2019

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: All St Mary’s County Public Schools are closed for Monday, January 14, 2019, with Code 2 for employees. We will continue to watch the weather this evening and and may reevaluate the employee status code by 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. Thank you and be safe. St. Mary’s...
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Calvert County Public Schools are Closed Monday January 14, 2019

Calvert County Public Schools are Closed Monday January 14, 2019

Calvert County Public Schools will be closed on Monday January 14, 2019. All emergency personnel report as usual. All other personnel do not report to work. Child care is closed. Afternoon and Evening activities are canceled.
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