- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has a message for public school students in the Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., who wish to protest Donald Trump’s election as president: Please don’t protest during school hours, but if you do, keep it at a “minimum.”

Mr. Leggett’s remarks to WTOP Radio on Thursday come on the heels of Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith warning students in a video message shown at area schools to not cut class for protests. Montgomery voters on Election Day went overwhelmingly for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, with Mr. Trump receiving only 19.7 percent of the presidential ballots cast in the liberal jurisdiction.

“I urge students to do whatever they want to do, in the spirit of peaceful protest and to minimize, as much as possible, actual time away from classrooms,” Mr. Leggett, a Democrat, told WTOP.

On Wednesday a walkout by high-school students in Rockville was marred by violence when a 15-year-old teenager wearing a Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” hat was assaulted. He was treated by medics and taken to a hospital, although his injuries were reportedly not serious.

“As public officials, we’re going to urge them to stay in school, but we also want to urge them to express their rights, their frustrations over what has happened,” Mr. Legett said, noting “legitimate concerns” when students walk off premises during instructional hours.

As The Washington Times reported previously, other Democratic politicians from the county have expressed unreserved approval of student walkouts held earlier in the week.

Mr. Leggett also suggested to WTOP that concerned citizens, including students, attend a rally to be hosted by the Montgomery County government on Sunday afternoon.

Named “Stand Up for the Montgomery Way,” the event is designed to unify the community to reaffirm “the values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all that have made Montgomery County special,” according to county promotional poster emailed to The Times.

The rally will be attended by Mr. Leggett and county council members in addition to “faith leaders” and other “public officials,” according to the poster. The event will from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring, with musical performances preceding the speaking program at 2 p.m.

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