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Principal Evaluating Safety Procedures at Wilde Lake High

James LeMon said the school is continuing to improve safety procedures at the school after an alleged rape occurred inside the school on Monday.

The principal of Wilde Lake High School wrote in his second letter to parents in as many days that the school is evaluating safety procedures in the wake of an alleged rape reported at the school on Monday.

"We will maintain a safe and orderly environment for all students at Wilde Lake High School with our continued vigilance and alertness," wrote Principal James LeMon.

He said the school will monitor the 31 cameras placed around the school as well as continue to enforce the following regulations:

  • Require students to have a signed agenda book when leaving a classroom
  • Administration will be notified if a student is cutting class and will write a referral
  • Doors will be checked to make sure they are closed and tightly locked
  • Students in unauthorized areas will be reported to the administration immediately
  • Hallways and building duty stations will be monitored

In his letter he also thanked the school's community for their support after the incident.

"We will not let this tragic incident outshine all of the great things that go on at WLHS every day," wrote LeMon.

On Tuesday, police announced they had arrested DeShawn Rasheed Jones, 17, of Columbia, and charged him with second-degree rape, second-degree assault and false imprisonment after he allegedly raped a 14-year-old freshman at the school on Monday. Jones is being chareged as an adult.

Charging documents stated Jones admitted to having sex with the girl inside an unoccupied choir room at the school. The girl told police Jones overpowered her despite her attempts to refuse his advances, according to the charging documents. Jones is currently being held on $500,000 bond.

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aaron February 08, 2013 at 11:50 AM
I am a student at wilde lake high school Ik both of the students DeShawn and the "victim"... DeShawn is not in anyway a RAPIST hes cool and chill. Him and the "victim" did have a some what relationship while they were not dating they did talk and smile and laugh together. Later after school on the alledged day of the "rape" i saw both after school Deshawn did not look scared,parinod or even worried of the police coming and aressting him of rape or anything. Then i saw the "victim" on th bus smilieing,laughing,joking around like a happy 14 year old freshmen even asking other guys to hang out wit her later tht day, now ik any female who goes through a tramatic event such as rape would be impacted grately such as not trusting other guys anymore,depression,fear of being alone etc... the so called "victim" was the complete opposite... i think my mans Deshawn the real victim!
Suzanne Lipado February 08, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Aaron-none of us can actually say what exactly transpired yet. The actions of both students involved after the fact can't necessarily determine whether a rape took place or not. The circumstances of the allegation are not normal so we can't expect or predict what "normal" behavior is if a rape actually took place. I think the real issue here is security and flawed safety procedures. Ultimately when we as parents send our children to school we are entrusting the staff to ensure their safety. That has not been done. Some simple safety precautions may have prevented this (or, that) from happening; such as a locked door, a member of security viewing cameras while school is in session, or a hall monitor being aware of who is "walking" around a hallway. All these precautions mentioned in this article are after the fact of a serious flaw. I, as a parent and member of this society am appalled and disgusted. I hold the staff and Administration completely responsible and NOW maybe something will be done to keep the students safe. Some youth nowadays need extra guidance for one reason or another; a sign of the times. The Wilde Lake Administration should be able to ensure their staff is competent to handle academic and social needs of the student body. When you have teachers (some) who set examples of immaturity, cheap-low self worth, racism, judgemental and, or unprofessionalism; what can you expect from the youth they are purportedly "teaching".
JH February 08, 2013 at 04:07 PM
You should not cover for him. He will serve time for the crime.
Justin case February 08, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Kids have been having sex in school since the beginning of time. I know I did & I graduated 20 yrs ago. The so-called victim's parents probably got wind of it somehow, possibly Facebook since it's so cool to tell all of ur business, and when confronting their daughter about it she probably got scared & said " oh but daddy, I'm a good girl, I wouldn't willingly do that, I was raped " & of course the parents are gonna believe her cause that's their little angel
JH February 08, 2013 at 04:13 PM
The School Admin is not the problem. Too many thugs and dangerous morons in our community. Time for the County Executive and police to put the criminal element in jail.
Suzanne Lipado February 08, 2013 at 06:43 PM
JH-Have you witnessed the atmosphere in Wilde Lake high school? I have! The lack of professionalism is most certainly the problem. The lack of consistently enforcing rules and regulation and following a safety protocol is the problem. Another poster spoke about facebook...well look at some of the teachers who work there FB pages; read the context of their conversation with students at Wilde Lake. (students who are "friends" on their FB page) Teachers having openly sexual conversations and flirting with students. This was reported to the Administration and Superintendent years ago; nothing has been done. The Administration sets the tone. Are we raising criminals; yes some are. But, as a society someone has to teach youth, steer youth in a positive direction.
EL February 09, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Suzanne if you truly have evidence of teachers have conversations of a sexual nature with students, please save it and try again with reporting. A new superintendent and some new school board members might be more willing to listen. I believe the principal is also relatively new. It is hard to feel you are beating your head against a wall - but I plead with you for the safety of the students - the CHILDREN - to keep going with this.
Mr. Pat February 09, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Suzanne, I agree with EL and urge you to report this. However, don't throw out unfounded accusations if you are not ready to back it up with names and dates.
stephen feldman February 09, 2013 at 09:36 PM
I do wonder if "aaron" is truly a student at WLHS. Anything, I suppose is possible. But the somewhat contrived syntax and spelling, the awkward effort to mimic ethnic stereotypes, all weigh against the communications skills and affects of the many currrent and former students at the "Lake" I know and have known for many years. Let us support Principal LeMon's common sense efforts to enhance security at WLHS, without frivolous distractions that do the school no good, nor help the unfortunate victim of this unacceptable, if rare, crime.

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