Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. and members of the District 8 State Legislative Team announced a bill that would prohibit registered sex offenders from attending schools in Maryland.
This is after a registered 21-year old sex offender was reported attending Parkville High School. Olszewski said he spoke with BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams about updating their protocol to prevent a similar situation from happening again in the future.
“As a parent, I understand that every time when we send our kids to school, we rightly expect that school to be a safe place where they will be protected from any harm,” Olszewski said.
Olszewski added that he is working with District 8 state Senator Kathy Klausmeier and Delegates Harry Bhandari, Joe Boteler and Carl Jackson to present a statewide bill that would ban all registered sex offenders from attending schools in Maryland.
“Sex offenders have no place in our school period,” Olszewski said.
Klausmeier is the lead sponsor of the bill in the senate and agreed with Olszewski that sex offenders do not belong in school.
“I was appalled to hear what happened at Parkville High School and I regret that this ever happened. But, I along with the delegates and senators will stop this from ever occurring again,” she said.
Klausmeier added that there might be some concern about the education of the sex offender but said the priority should be the safety of other students.
“There are other ways to get an education other than sitting next to a student in a high school or a student in a middle school. This should not happen again,” Klausmeier explained.