Matthew Stabley

Montgomery County Public Schools Reviewing Security of Schools After Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl

UPDATE: Rape charges against Jose Montano and Henry Sanchez Milian were dropped, prosecutors said May 5, 2017.

After the rape of a 14-year-old girl allegedly by two other students in a Rockville High School bathroom, Montgomery County Public Schools will review the security of all 25 of its high schools.

The review will include outside consultants and be completed in April, a district official said.

The school district official said he expects the review will check the positioning of security cameras, the quantity of blind spots in hallways and the positioning of teachers during class changes.

Montgomery County Public Schools is equipped with 5,000 security cameras in its buildings. The security review could recommend more cameras or additional security employees in schools, the district official said.

"We'll take a look at where they're positioned and do we need to relocate some of them, angle them differently to provide us better visibility," MCPS Chief Operating Officer Andrew Zuckerman. "And if there are areas that are blind spots for us, then we'll want to add cameras in those spaces as well."

The security review will also be conducted at middle and elementary schools and other school district buildings before the end of the school year in June. Rockville High School likely will be the first building reviewed, a district official said.

A review of the security of students participating in the in-school suspension program is also expected, the official said.

Montgomery County Public Schools has more than 200 school buildings and tens of thousands of students and employees.

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