"Safety within the school building continues to be an issue, making sure kids are where they're supposed to be and supervised ... that's a continuous issue that isn't new," he said. "We have to reflect on the protocols we have in place. As far as the task force is concerned, ... we're looking at creating very specific protocols system-wide."
According to a school system statement, the administration informed staff and parents Tuesday afternoon, and school counselors and a psychologist were made available to the victim and other students.
In a letter sent Wednesday LeMon said he was notified of the incident Monday evening. Because of the "inherent criminal, legal and personnel ramifications," of the accusations against Jones, he was directed by the school system to inform the community after receiving the official news release from police.
The experience has been a difficult one, LeMon said, but he was proud of students and staff in the way they have handled themselves.
"Our teachers have responded to this trying situation in a professional, caring and student-friendly manner," he said. "Our students have responded with curiosity, but also with maturity. As I walked throughout the school today, it was clear that sudents were not only engaged in productive discussions with teachers regarding the incident, but they also displayed enthusiasm, interest and a strong work ethic during their academic day."
The school system said confidentiality laws prohibit the school system from sharing specific details regarding the incident.
Wilde Lake High School PTSA President Sharon Glennen said Monday’s incident was “sad and unfortunate for everyone involved,” but the school as a whole has good safety and security procedures in place.
“I see this as an isolated, one-of-a-kind incident,” she said. “The school is very secure and very safe. I’ve had three kids attend Wilde Lake, and I’ve had no concerns about my kids there. ... I know the school is taking it very seriously, and talking about new procedures to put in place to close the loophole that was there for this particular incident.”
“It’s distressing. It’s a matter of concern for the community,” said Judy Center, a member of the Wilde Lake PTSA executive board. “I think that there has been a lot of concern,” especially for the victim involved, she said.
Center said that since her son started at Wilde Lake four years ago, she has never heard of any similar incident.
“It’s a safe school, and I think it still is a safe school; full of dedicated, talented students," she said.
County Council member Mary Kay Sigaty, who represents Columbia, said her two daughters graduated from Wilde Lake High School, and she herself worked as a parent volunteer there.
“As a parent, as a community member, we send our children to school expecting they will be safe,” Sigaty said. “Sadly things happen, I wish that it hadn't.”
Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this story.