2016 | Schools

Richard Montgomery Students Walkout Wednesday to Protest Election

More than 100 students stream into Rockville Town Square, one student reportedly injured

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A third day of student protests kicked off around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning in Rockville as Richard Montgomery High School students streamed out of class and onto streets near the school.

Videos posted on social media showed what appeared to be more than 100 students marching along Maryland Avenue in Rockville Town Square to protest the election of Donald Trump as president.

Police had closed several streets in the city’s town center near the protest.

The student protest follows a minor protest at Walter Johnson High School on Tuesday, and that of some Bethesda-Chevy Chase students who also walked out to join a large student protest in Washington D.C. On Monday, several hundred Montgomery Blair, Northwood and Albert Einstein high school students walked out of class and marched several miles through Silver Spring to protest Trump’s election.

The students have said they’re also protesting the president-elect’s proposed immigration and abortion policies as well as his campaign rhetoric.

While the previous protests have been nonviolent, a WTOP reporter tweeted Wednesday morning that one student was “beaten by protesters” during the Richard Montgomery rally and was being transported to a hospital. Another reporter at the scene tweeted the student was wearing a red Donald Trump hat.

Rockville police told The Washington Post the Richard Montgomery student was attacked by multiple students following an argument and the incident is under investigation. The student suffered some scrapes and was "a little woozy," according to the report.

A live helicopter feed over the protest showed students gathering near the county’s old courthouse building in the town center and standing on the steps of the white-columned building chanting “Not my president.”

Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala said Wednesday that Richard Montgomery’s principal was aware that a student protest was planned and had attempted to offer the students a space on the school’s campus to protest, but the students decided to leave the school, as they did at other MCPS campuses earlier this week.

“Staff has offered a safe space to them,” Onijala said. “But again, it’s kids exercising their right to demonstrate and protest.”

Onijala said she did not immediately have an estimate about how many students may have walked out.

The students likely marched down Fleet Street to Maryland Avenue, and then to South Washington Street, Rockville spokesman Sean Sedam said. The students ended up at the old District Court building.

Rockville city police as well as deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office blocked traffic and directed pedestrians around the protest, Sedam said.

After the approximately one-and-a-half hour protest the most of the students marched back to the high school.