ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Since the presidential election, students all over the DMV have been walking out of class in organized protests, in an attempt to make a bold statement against President-elect Donald Trump, and his ideas.
“It was like one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” exclaimed one student.
“It was less about protesting his presidency, and more about protesting the values that come along with it,” said another Richard Montgomery High School student.
“Our protest was to create unity among our students because there is a divide,” said another.
A divide that ultimately lead to one Richard Montgomery High School student being beaten during Wednesday’s protests.
“I don’t think we should have responded in a violent way,” expressed a Richard Montgomery High School senior.
As a result of the incident, Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Jack Smith said the district respects students’ right to assemble, but safety was a greater concern.
Thursday, a video was played in classrooms across Montgomery County, in which Smith said in part,
“I am asking and expecting students to stay in school and participate in the daily educational program as intended actions that are intended, if students do not participate in these expectations they may be subjected to regular disciplinary actions that may be aligned with what ever is involved.”
Full video and statement from Montgomery County Schools here: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/mainstory/story.aspx?id=513020
Montgomery County will hold a peaceful demonstration Sunday at 2:30 p.m., at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, so students, employees, and public officials can voice their concerns.