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Montgomery County Council statement on arrest of Montgomery County Public Schools bus driver

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 6, 2018

ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 6, 2018—Today the Montgomery County Council issued the following statement regarding the arrest and sex abuse charges made against Montgomery County Public Schools bus driver Etienne Kabongo.


Montgomery County condemns all forms of sexual abuse and harassment. The safety and security of students in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is our top and most important priority. Our hearts ache for the student, who endured this horrific act of sexual violence, and her family. 


In April the Council’s Education Committee met with Dr. Jack Smith, Superintendent of Schools, and MCPS leadership for a briefing on the school system’s child abuse and neglect policies.  While Montgomery County’s Board of Education is ultimately responsible for establishing and implementing these policies, we will continue to work together to provide the funding needed for training to prevent and spot sexual abuse and harassment and for the security equipment and personnel necessary to protect our students, especially those who cannot speak for themselves. 


We encourage any other students or individuals, who may have been victimized by the accused, or their family members to contact the Montgomery County Police Department at 240-773-5400. 



  Release ID: 18-211
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926