Things went awry at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland Wednesday (November 16th) after what started off as a peaceful protest by students who were voicing their displeasure with the election of Donald Trump.
According to ABC 7, a local Rockville news station, hundreds of Richard Montgomery High School students staged a “walk out of school” protest followed by a march throughout the city of Rockville. The students finally converged at the Montgomery County Courthouse where their peaceful march ended.
Students were holding signs, which read messages like “Not My President” and “Love Trumps Hate.” For the most part, students remained non-violent during their march as they were instructed to do by the adult organizers of the protest.
However, a 10th-grade boy wearing a “Make America Great Again” t-shirt had other plans. Apparently, he was looking for trouble.
ABC 7 reported that the boy harassed a number of student protesters and began taunting them with racial slurs. After some of the students had enough of the Trump-supporting boy’s antics, they roughed him up, which cause the boy to fall to the ground and hit his head.
Most parents teach their children that if you go somewhere looking for trouble, it’s exactly what you’re going to get.
None of the peaceful student protesters were seriously injured in the scuffle. However, videos circulating on social media showed the Trump-supporting boy sitting on a curb holding his head as he was being attended to by a police officer.
Jack Smith, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent shared a message today (November 17th), which condemned racially-motivated harassment or violence.
“MCPS will not tolerate hate-based speech or behaviors in our schools and encourages students and staff to report these incidents,” Smith said in his message, which was also released via video.
Three other D.C. area schools not far from Richard Montgomery High School also held protests on Wednesday.