Maryland man arrested: Attempt to kidnap middle schooler at bus stop

A Maryland man, Jamaal Germany, 30, was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit on Monday. He was charged with posing an attempt to kidnap a kid who was waiting at the bus stop. According to the police, this 30-year-old man had grabbed a Redland Middle School student on Towne Crest Drive near Washington Grove Lane in Gaithersburg at around 7:20 a.m. on Monday. As per the police, the victim was standing at the bus stop, and Germany grabbed him towards an apartment building. The other kids were waiting at the bus stop and finally intervened. The students, however, boarded the bus post the incident and then reported it to the school staff, which further put up the notification to the Community engagement officer of the school.

A letter stating the steps that the school assures of taking for the safety of its students

Resnik Elementary, Redland Middle School, principals, and Magruder High School informed families of the incident through a joint letter. The principals further explained that the victim was not harmed anyway. He also stated that the suspect was in custody. The letter reads, “We are writing to share information about a serious incident that impacted our community. Today, Monday, March 20, and how it was addressed.” It stated, “This morning, there was an attempted abduction of a Redland Middle School student at the bus stop located at the intersection of Towne Crest Drive and Towne Crest Court. An individual tried to pull a student into a residence, but the student could get away and board the school bus as it arrived. The student is unharmed. The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) was immediately notified, investigated the incident, and identified a suspect who was taken into custody.” The school promised to ensure the safety of its students as well as offer emotional support resources as and when required.

An attempt to increase the security presence at school

The letter reads, “There will continue to be an increased security presence by both MCPS and MCPD today and tomorrow at the impacted bus stop.” The letter stated, “We are sharing this information with all three school communities given that students from these schools use the bus stop where the incident occurred.” It even stated, “We are grateful for the quick action of our students and the bus driver and for the support of our MCPS security and Montgomery County Police Department partners.” It continued, “As additional information becomes available, I will share it with the community as appropriate. Knowing that this may have been alarming for some of our students, we are providing social-emotional support to all students who were at the bus stop and may have witnessed this. If your child needs to speak with someone at the school about this, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor for support.”

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