Protesters take to county streets after vandals strike at churches and schools
High school students from Richard Montgomery marched into Rockville Wednesday afternoon to protest. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER
ROCKVILLE – Hundreds of Richard Montgomery High School students walked out of school Wednesday morning, and gathered at the old Montgomery County Court House protesting Donald Trump’s presidential election.
Meanwhile in Silver Spring, students from Blake, Springbrook and Paint Branch also took to the streets in protest of the election, chanting, “Love trumps hate,” a chant echoed by their fellow students in Rockville.
Seneca Valley and Northwest students also walked out in Germantown and Quince Orchard students did the same in Gaithersburg, according to Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala.
While students voiced different opinions about the purpose of the protest, the common theme they expressed was one of unity, repeatedly chanting Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan “Stronger Together.”
“Unfortunately, the election was an election of hate,” said sophomore Allison Kuentz into a loud speaker. “Sexism won. Hate won. Racism won. Homophobia won. Trump didn’t win. And we’re going to keep fighting because we’re stronger together. Always remember, we’re stronger together, So long as we keep fighting for what we believe in, we have hope for the future.”