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Local educators charged with child sex abuse in separate cases

Cory Boatman Roy SimmonsCory Boatman (left) and Roy Simmons (right). COURTESY PHOTOS  Police arrested two Montgomery County Public Schools staff members last week in separate incidents involving child sex abuse charges. 

Police charged Cory Boatman, 27, a teacher and an assistant football coach at Montgomery Blair High School, Oct. 6 with sexual abuse of a minor for an alleged sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student.

According to police, Boatman began sending the student "suggestive text messages" in early August. In late August, Boatman allegedly picked up the victim at her residence and drove her to his address where they engaged in sexual intercourse. Boatman was placed on administrative leave Monday, Sept. 25. A preliminary court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 3.

Roy A. Simmons III, a 41-year-old afterschool program facilitator for Kids Adventure, was charged Oct. 3 with one count of second-degree assault and one count of fourth-degree sex offense involving a 10-year-old girl at Carderock Springs Elementary School in Bethesda, according to a police report.

The alleged offense occurred in November 2016 when Simmons, a group leader, inappropriately touched the child when she was separated from students. Police said Simmons admitted to the inappropriate contact during a police interview. At the time of the incident, Simmons was also employed as a temporary para-educator at Carderock, a job he had held since the fall of 2015, according to MCPS.

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Paint Branch holds on late against Blair to remain undefeated

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PB Panthers teamPaint Branch Panthers following their win over Blair. PHOTO BY MATT COHEN  BURTONSVILLE — The Paint Branch Panthers were able to keep their perfect record alive as they beat the Blair Blazers 20-14 on their home turf.

Blair started the game very quickly, finding the end zone on their first play of the game. Blazers quarterback Matt Siff threw a screen pass to wide receiver Rudy Ngougni, Ngougni turned upfield and blew past the Panthers’ defense for a 68-yard touchdown.

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Blair graduate joins staff of Terp basketball

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Montgomery Blair High School graduate Kevin Broadus has joined the Maryland men’s basketball program as an assistant coach.

Broadus, who spent nine years at Georgetown, brings more than two decades of coaching and recruiting experience to Maryland.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin to the Maryland Basketball family,” said Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “Kevin has a strong reputation as a tireless recruiter and is passionate about developing players on and off the court. He has extensive knowledge and experience as a coach, and I am confident his ties to this region will be extremely valuable to our program.”

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Blair High School students reach final round in national math competition

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A team of five Montgomery Blair high school students is headed to New York City next week to compete in the final round of the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, a national competition where juniors and seniors apply math and creative-thinking skills to solve complex, real-world challenges.

In the previous round, the Blair team — made up of Eshan Tewari, James Vinson, Andrew Komo, Siddharth Taneja and Annie Zhao — spent 14 hours one weekend developing a mathematical model for the National Park Service to address sustainability and growth challenges at five national parks. Out of 1,100 teams that competed, the Blair team was chosen as one of six finalists.

The six teams will present their final papers to a judging panel of Ph.D.-level mathematicians in New York on April 24, where judges will decide which teams place in the competition and will award $150,000 worth of scholarships.

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Friends and family honor Short

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A former Montgomery County Public School head football coach was laid to rest last weekend.

Dr. James Short, who guided the Montgomery Blair football program from 1995-2003, was memorialized at Lackey High School in Charles County on Saturday, March 26.

Short, who died suddenly of kidney failure on March 21 at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, was 58.

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Blair High School needs new artificial surface field

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SILVER SPRING – Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is having Montgomery Blair High School’s artificial turf field replaced after a retest showed the field was unsafe and within a year of the end of its useful life.

John Nissel, deputy director of operations, said the warrantee for the field managed by M-NCPPC is due to expire in August.

“It’s like if you buy a car and it wears out before the warrantee; it’s certainly not what you paid for,” said Nissel, referring to the field lasting seven years and four months.

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Montgomery’s Vanterpool returns to D.C. with Blazers

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VanterpoolFormer Blair standout David Vanterpool returned to the D.C. area as a Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach.  PHOTO BY BRANDY L. SIMMS 

WASHINGTON – Bradley Beal and John Wall spoiled David Vanterpool’s homecoming Monday when the Washington Wizards beat the Portland Trail Blazers at Verizon Center, 120-101.

The dynamic Washington backcourt duo of Beal and Wall combined for 49 points in the win that prevented the Portland assistant coach from capturing a victory over his former team.

Vanterpool, a former standout at Montgomery Blair High School, spent 13 years playing professional basketball including a one-year stint with the Wizards.

Despite the loss, Vanterpool said it was a pleasure to be back home amongst friends and family.

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And these children that you spit on

 

MPI Protest-0382On Monday students at Blair and a handful of other nearby high schools marched peacefully through Montgomery County to protest the Presidential election – and some of the proposed appointments by President-Elect Donald Trump.
While no educator authorized the Blair students to leave a proposed demonstration on the school’s football field, no one put up serious opposition to the students when they decided to leave the school and meet up with others.
The County Police escorted the protesters, urging them to keep to the sidewalks. There were no arrests and only one incident of violence reported – someone threw a bottle with no injuries.
The event began trending nationally on social media websites as it coincided with other protests across the country.
Many of the comments were denigrating toward the high school kids – saying they should be suspended or kicked out of school. Some of the comments were sexist, misogynistic and racist. Some were dismissive. Few were supportive.
I laughed.
The students we interviewed at The Sentinel – and some of them are available online on our website and through Twitter and Facebook for all to see – were cogent, thoughtful and very mature – unlike the adults who dismissed the kids.
While the high school students could see shades of gray in the election – mostly bitter adults could only see things as black and white.
For a voter who grew up and came of age during the Vietnam War this is really hilarious.

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