Following the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl by two young men in a school bathroom in Maryland last week, Montgomery County Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith is accusing parents of students at Rockville High School of racism and xenophobia.
The accused rapists have been identified as 18-year-old high school freshman Henry Sanchez-Milian, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, and 17-year-old Jose Montano, also a freshman, whose immigration status was not disclosed because of his age.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson read from emails Smith sent to parents about “the incident,” as he called it. “To Dr. Jack R. Smith, the worst crime imaginable is not sexual violence against a child, but naughty language he considers 'intolerant,'” said Carlson.
In one email, Smith threatened to report parents to the police.
"While I know this tragic incident has become part of a national political debate, I want to remind community members that the lives of real students have been forever affected.
While many have chosen to engage civilly in the conversation, far too many have crossed the line with racist, xenophobic calls and emails.
MCPS is working with law enforcement to identify those who are making threats toward our students and schools. This behavior will not be tolerated in our community."
Following a Tuesday night meeting, which was closed to the media, several residents shared their anger, as reported by WTOP.
Sam Fenati, a second-generation Italian American whose grandchildren will attend school in the district said:
"This little girl’s rape is the fruition of liberal policy in this county. I’m not against immigrants, but we came in legally.”
“Debbie,” who wouldn't giver her last name, added:
"I think it’s pretty important to know the whole demographics of your child’s community. I think we all have a right to know who’s living among us, who our kids are spending 40 hours a week with every day.”
Amy Waychoff, who has three children in the district but not at the specific school, is considering home-schooling.
“I think if this was happening at one of my daughters’ schools, I would take them out and start home-schooling them. We don’t have to have a welcome mat in Maryland and Montgomery County for everybody.”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was incensed, as well, demanding that the school district turn over information that led to the rape, as reported by Fox 5.
"Why is an 18-year-old man in a class with 13 or 14-year-old girls? Why was his status not known to those folks?
Why was he allowed to enter the country after he was picked up for illegally crossing the border — both of them? So there are a lot of questions."
Five days after “the incident,” Smith said in a news conference: “We all take responsibility.”
Incidentally, earlier this month, a city council member introduced an ordinance that would make Rockville a sanctuary city.
As reported by WTOP, Rockville police already have an informal policy of not questioning immigration status, nor helping enforce immigration laws.