How CPS and FCPS Failed the students of Carroll Manor Elementary School

Carroll Manor Elementary School Whistleblowers Come Forward 

A Miner Detail previously published a story concerning allegations of child abuse at Carroll Manor Elementary School.

Since publication, numerous whistleblowers have come forward to share abuse stories that occurred at the Frederick County elementary school.

Based on information from current and former FCPS employees, Child Protective Services and Carroll Manor Elementary School administrators have received at least four separate reports of child abuse and mistreatment in the Challenges program, including reports from Chad Steiner’s classroom.

These reports involved mistreatment at the behest of Steiner, Maureen Mazzie, a Carroll Manor Elementary School special education instructional assistant, and Lisa Stickley, a special education program assistant at the same school.

April 2017 – Child Abuse Reported to Principal Kim Robertson

A Miner Detail previously published a letter purported to have been written by a former instructional assistant. (This letter circulated throughout the Carroll Manor Elementary School community.)

A Miner Detail met Nancy Hawker on May 16th (press is an essential activity) after an extensive phone call following the release of the first article.

Hawker, a retired instructional assistant, kept a written log, in and out of the classroom. She translated her hand-written notes onto a computer for ease of reading.

A Miner Detail inquired why Hawker reported the abuse in April 2017 to Carroll Manor Elementary School Principal Kim Robertson instead of CPS.

She said that all child abuse reports made to CPS must first be directed to the school principal, who is responsible for following up on said report.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is common practice in most organizations, both in government and in the private sector.

Hawker’s notes (names will be omitted to protect identities) will be published later and will include subsequent incidents observed additional FCPS employees.

October 2017 – Child Abuse reported to Kim Robertson

An FCPS employee with knowledge of Steiner’s classroom behavior (“Colossus” will be used as an alias to protect the identity of the employee), spoke to A Miner Detail on the condition of anonymity.

Colossus informed A Miner Detail that Maureen Mazzie was reported to Robertson by Chad Connors, a physical education teacher.

The report occurred in the spring of 2017. To their knowledge, Mazzie was placed on administrative leave. Another source within FCPS confirmed Mazzie is still employed by FCPS as an instructional assistant.

Spring 2018 – Colossus received a call from the Frederick County Department of Social Services

In May 2018, Colossus received a call from the Frederick County Department of Social Services.

During the call, the organization asked open-ended questions (e.g., “So tell us about Carroll Manor”). Without any specific incident to speak on, Colossus did not elaborate or discuss the classroom behavior observed.

During the conversation, Colossus verified the same sort of classroom behavior documented by Hawker and Domino. Colossus elaborated that it was not only Steiner but also Mazzie who were responsible for mistreating students.

April 2018 – Child Abuse reported to Amanda Keilholtz

An FCPS employee with knowledge of Carroll Manor’s Challenges program (“Domino” will be used an alias to protect the identity of the employee), spoke to A Miner Detail on the condition of anonymity.

Domino informed A Miner Detail that in the classroom, Lisa Stickley, a special education program assistant, would pick children up by the ear when they fell on the ground (common behavior among special needs children).

Stickley would also slap the children on the back of their head, Domino reported, comparing the behavior to the NCIS character Leroy Gibbs. Domino said the behavior was reported to Amanda Keilholtz, a special education coordinator at the time.

No action was taken, Domino said.

According to Colossus, Keilholtz was well aware of Steiner’s classroom behavior. Though to avoid witnessing the behavior, Colossus said Keilholtz would schedule classroom visits or communicate using a walkie-talkie to warn Steiner.

Keilholtz has since been promoted. She will become an assistant principal at Rock Creek Elementary School later this year.

Summer 2018 – Reports fall on deaf ears

According to Domino, multiple FCPS employees with knowledge of Steiner’s classroom behavior relayed similar reports to Robertson. Domino said they assumed Robertson would not take seriously the reports.

July 2019 – Lucas investigation

According to Colossus, no one from FCPS reached contacted them about an investigation. Colossus said they have significant information that directly relates to Carroll Manor Elementary School, perpetuated by Robertson, Steiner and Mazzie.

August 2019 – Steve Raff allegedly covering for Robertson, reported to Jamie Aliveto 

Domino sent the following e-mail to Dr. Jamie Aliveto, the executive director of the System Accountability & School Administration office at Frederick County Public Schools.

August 2019 – Child Abuse reported to Shelley Sexton, Frederick County Department of Social Services

Below is confirmation, received by Hawker in August 2019, that the Frederick County Department of Social Services received her complaint.

January 23rd, 2020 – Shelley Sexton of Frederick County Department of Social Services 

A concerned CMES parent (the alias She Hulk will be used to protect the identity of the parent) received a call this year on Jan. 23 from CPS Intake Case Supervisor Shelley Sexton.

She-Hulk told A Miner Detail that during this conversation, Sexton claimed that CPS had interviewed every student in Steiner’s classroom between January and June 2017.

The Challenges program consists primarily of non-verbal children with autism and other developmental delays. Each source – three individuals with direct classroom experience – spoke said that none of the children were capable of verbal communication of any significance.

She Hulk said they confronted Sexton but was met with silence.

According to She Hulk, a former student of Steiner’s recently begun to draw pictures that directly correlated to notes written by Hawker. The child drew a picture of their head being placed inside a refrigerator and exclaimed: “Mr. Chad” along with additional physical indicators of discomfort and fear.

The child’s hand-drawn art was not obtained or reviewed by CPS, nor was the student interviewed, She Hulk said.

A Miner Detail is aware of at least one additional instance in which CPS received photographic evidence of child abuse.

The evidence – a picture drawn by an abuse victim – and similar statements were provided to a mandated reporter. Sexton failed to investigate the claims, violating Maryland’s statute with respect to response time. Sexton also failed to investigate the threats received by the mandated reporter from the abuser, which is a misdemeanor.

A Miner Detail reached out to the Frederick County Department of Social Services concerning its procedures and protocol for “interviewing” non-verbal individuals.

According to Hawker, Domino and She Hulk, the caregivers assigned to “Student Y,” were not contacted in regards to an interview or methods to best communicate with them. Student Y was the primary recipient od Steiner’s classroom behavior, as highlighted in the previous article.

In their statement, DSS claims that this is the first step to performing an interview.

January 31, 2020 – Cheryl Grau clueless about previous complaints and investigations

The e-mail below was obtained by A Miner Detail from She Hulk. Cheryl Grau is the assistant director for Child, Family, and Adult Services at the Frederick County Department of Social Services.

February 2020 – Former DSS Employee speaks out

A Miner Detail was contacted by a former employee of the Department of Social Services regarding their business processes, specifically CPS.

On the condition of anonymity, the source stated that Frederick County Child Protective Services intentionally ignored reports of child abuse, even ones that were received by other business units in DPS.

Requests for Comment

Frederick County Public Schools declined to comment, citing personnel matters. Kim Robertson did not respond to a request for comment nor did Frederick County Department of Social Services.

Eric Beasley
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Eric is a former officer in the Republican Club of Frederick County and Frederick County Republican Central Committee between 2015 and 2018. Former guest host on WFMD and showrunner on WTHU. Avid gardener and food preserver. Graduated from Libertarianism to Anarchism as the corruption level in the state requires us to start over from scratch. 

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Eric Beasley
After a year fighting bears and chopping wood in the forest, a Cancer has emerged in Frederick County. The only way to kill Cancer is with fire, and casting a ballot.