Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has released the following statement from Superintendent Jack Smith in response to the guilty verdict in the trial of Cloverly Elementary School teacher John Vigna. Mr. Vigna, who was immediately placed on administrative leave after allegations were reported in February 2016, was convicted of multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor and third-degree sex offense.
“Our thoughts are with the Cloverly Elementary School community. I recognize that this has been an extremely difficult time for many students, families and staff members. I express my deepest gratitude to the community for its patience and unwavering commitment to our students throughout this process. MCPS will continue to provide additional counselors and support personnel to the school for the remainder of the year."
“I thank our partners in law enforcement for their dedication to keeping the children of Montgomery County safe each and every day."
“MCPS remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of every student throughout the district. In recent years, our school system has enhanced its policies and protocols for recognizing, preventing and reporting child abuse or neglect. We will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement and the community to ensure all students have a safe, welcoming place to learn.”