Concordia Preparatory School Investigation
A brave woman stood up. She shared her story courageously. The detailed story about her assaults on the Concordia Preparatory School campus led to a lawsuit. She sued the school for hurting her.
We expect more lawsuits because we now know there are more survivors and the community keeps reaching out to help us. We are providing an easy way to share information with us. Survivors and tipsters can email documents and details via email at CPS@KBAattorneys.com or complete the form below. We hope we can change the environment at Concordia Preparatory School with your help.
The Stories We Have Heard Suggest Students at CPS Were Living in Hell
Thanks to brave men and women, we are aware of explosive details. The complaints we have filed detail a fraction of the horrific information about which we are aware. Here is a collection of articles containing some of the allegations:
There are several survivors. We believe the school, through its agents, knew and let it happen; indeed, encouraged it by its conduct.
Devastating, shocking information about the culture and disregard for student safety continues coming to light as more people with personal knowledge come forward. We expect that documents, witnesses, and other evidence will show many similar accounts of abuse and the school’s knowledge of the harm that injured many people.
We Are Committed to Helping
KBA will update this page periodically. A timeline appears below.
In the meanwhile, local groups like Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault have posted about this issue. The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault helps prevent sexual assault, advocates for accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and works to hold offenders accountable. We also work with direct service groups who can help survivors.
We started an initiative to investigate additional claims of sexual assault at Concordia Preparatory School and to help connect survivors with resources in the community. The Baltimore County Police Department is investigating claims based on new information. We expect further developments in the coming months to help prevent these occurrences.
We support community organizations routinely. This month we are supporting PAVE. We remain committed to working with groups like this on these issues as we continue investigating the events at Concordia Preparatory School.
Survivors Can Share Their Stories with Our Attorneys, and People with Knowledge Can Submit Information To Us Directly
We meet with survivors often. Attorney, Christina Graziano, is leading the fight to help Concordia Preparatory School students. Survivors and tipsters can email documents and details via email at CPS@KBAattorneys.com. You can also contact us now to help the survivors of Concordia Preparatory School.
Latest Developments in the Concordia Preparatory School Sex Abuse Litigation
October 28, 2020: Survivor files the first lawsuit against Concordia Preparatory School.
November 5, 2020: Two more survivors sue Concordia Preparatory School.
November 11, 2020: Survivor files the fourth lawsuit against Concordia Preparatory School.
November 13, 2020: There are four lawsuits filed so far. Defendants have not answered.
TIMELINE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT EVENTS AT Concordia Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland
Baltimore Lutheran School began using the name to Concordia Preparatory School in 2014.
CPS presents itself is an elite, co-educational parochial secondary school serving grades 6-12.
CPS holds itself out as a “compassionate, Christ-centered community of servant leaders” that “strive[s] to create an environment that nurtures our students’ spiritual, academic, physical, and social growth to become men and women of faith and service.”
It invites those looking to be “active participants in a safe and nurturing environment.”
CPS tried to improve its brand.
CPS tried to improve its athletic program.
CPS had student athletes over the age of 18, as old as at least 20, on campus and comingling with young girls.
In the fall of 2017, one freshman began being harassed by male student-athletes at CPS.
She received text messages and SnapChat messages during the school day.
CPS was made aware of her concerns about how boys were treating her.
She faced sexual solicitation and harassment at age 15 by older boys, including boys over 18, and at school in front of CPA personnel.
In or around the late fall of 2017, a minor female student was with friends during and after a CPS sporting event.
There were “hanging out” near the Locker Rooms to kill time and take refuge from the chilly fall weather.
A boy picked up one young girl and threw her over his shoulder.
The boy held this young lady’s legs tighter against his body with one arm, and used his free hand to spank the minor’s backside.
A group of male student-athletes joined in, grabbing the minor’s backside and spanking her aggressively.
She reported the assault to Mr. Brent Johnson, Headmaster of CPS, and Mrs. Kim Grill, Director of Guidance and CPS.
These CPS individuals were involved in several other reports.
The female survivors of these events felt their concerns were unaddressed, ignored, downplayed, and ultimately blamed.
Alumni and teachers expressed concerns, verbally and in emails to the Headmaster.
They equally felt ignored.
In the fall of 2018, verbal harassment intensified.
Student-athletes told one minor, for example, that they wanted to have sex with her and impregnate her.
This was reported to CPS.
At least six different CPS female students met with CPS administration to report sexual harassment and sexual violence.
In or around the late fall of 2018, another female minor student who had broken up with her then-boyfriend, a member of the CPS boys’ soccer team, began being harassed.
This included comments made via text messages and SnapChat messages sent during the school day.
Some boys from the team made sexually explicit gestures including simulating oral sex and soliciting sex.
Students made sexual comments in front of parents, students, and staff at CPS.
The CPS Headmaster instructed one student and parent to “leave it alone” and discouraged further reporting the conduct.
In 2018 students circulated a video involving another female student engaged in sexual activity.
The school was aware of the video.
Parents were not informed at the time.
In or around February 2018, the assistant principal was informed of inappropriate sexual touching.
A sexual attack occurred on or around April 13, 2018, in a locker room.
A minor female student was sexually assaulted verbally, physically and digitally during this attack.
The event was reported to CPS administrators.
CPS brought in a speaker during the spring of 2018 to address students on date-rape, sexual assault, and similar issues.
The short presentation was poorly attended by faculty and administrators and treated as a joke by CPS students.
Male student-athletes routinely made jokes about consent and sexual harassment in front of teachers and administrators.
A female CPS psychologist hired in or around 2017 abruptly left her position in 2018 after repeated clashes with CPS Headmaster Brent Johnson, who refused to allow the psychologist to implement mandatory reporting policies for sexual assault cases
In or around that same year, a group of CPS teachers, including Ms. Gomez’s mother, reported their concerns relating to CPS’s treatment of sexual assault and harassment on campus to the CPS school board and/or board of trustees.
Staff raised concerns about the hyper-sexualized culture at CPS to administrators during monthly meetings, but their concerns were dismissed.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, an Executive Director for Congregational Outreach and District Operations for a District of LCMS was dispatched to the school.
The impression many had was that she was there to keep the issue quiet.
In or about March 2019, a female student was sexually assaulted verbally and physically on school grounds by CPS students, some of whom were over the age of 18.
In or around March 2019, during two different occasions in one class, another female student was sexually assaulted.
In or around late March 2019, a student was assaulted in another class.
A teacher, one who had been informed several times before, was informed again and said she would take care of it.
A male student witnessed the assault and later corroborated the report to CPS administrators.
In or around the same time, other female CPS students reported allegations of sexual harassment and assault to CPS administration, many of which involved student athletes.
Concerned teachers left their jobs at CPS at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year in protest of the CPS administration’s treatment of sexual assault and harassment issues throughout the school.
In or around September of 2019, yet another female student began receiving sexually suggestive text and SnapChat messages from older male CPS students.
On September 30, 2019, this student’s family received a contact submission form on their business’s website pretending to be the girl and referring to her as “Cumrag” and wrote “I want to die” in the message field.
An IT specialist traced the message to a Chromebook computer registered to CPS.
The school was informed the next day.
On October 11, 2019, the female student attended a bonfire and talent show event on the CPS campus that was open to all CPS students.
At the end of the event, the girl’s prearranged ride home fell through.
A group of CPS boys gave her a ride home.
After dropping the boys off, the driver drove her to a secluded church parking lot.
He sexually assaulted her for 20 minutes.
He digitally raped her and tried to coerce her into having intercourse.
The school informed the student’s family that CPS would not proceed with any investigation or action unless criminal charges were brought.
The young man was arrested in September 2020 following a police investigation.
In the course of the state’s investigation of the assault, the two boys who rode in the car on the night of the incident told the truth to police and retracted their prior false statements to the school.
After the charges were filed, the girl’s mother called CPS to inform them of the charges and the pending police investigation.
CPS did not act as promised.
The perpetrator remained on the CPS campus for almost a year after the incident.
The two male students who lied to CPS suffered no consequence either.