March 23, 2017

Statement from County Executive Ike Leggett Regarding the Rape at Rockville High School



County Executive Ike Leggett made this statement following the allegations of the rape of a Rockville High School Student:

"I was immediately sick and disgusted when it was reported that two young men raped a 14-year-old student at Rockville High School last Thursday. This should not happen. Period. My deepest condolences go out to this young girl and her family.

Thankfully, the alleged rapists were arrested by the police. The judicial process is underway and the County is fully cooperating with the federal authorities, in keeping with our long-standing policy.

In addition, I know that Police Chief Thomas Manger is hard at work with his staff investigating what happened and reevaluating safety procedures to ensure our students are safe and their parents don’t have to worry about their well-being. We are working with School Superintendent Jack Smith, school administrators and the entire Rockville High School community to make certain this type of incident never happens again.

Although these individuals had no previous involvement in the County’s criminal justice system, these alleged rapists do have outstanding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) orders. After the judicial process is completed, and consistent with our long-standing policy, the County will continue to cooperate fully with ICE to see that the two are deported to their countries of origin.

To the Rockville High School community and the neighborhoods it serves, I want you to know that the County government and the school system will do whatever is necessary to keep your children safe."

A Message from Jack R. Smith, Superintendent of Schools - Serious Incident at Rockville High School

13 comments:

  1. Jack Smith statement was inappropriate!!!@

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  2. It wasn't bad enough that a young lady has been raped inside an institution that is to be a safe place but then to hear on the news last night that a girl had been beaten weeks before at the same high school and the police were never called. How and why did this happen??? How were the authorities not notified? It wasn't like she got a slap on the face she was BEATEN and others just stood around and video taped until a teacher finally jumped in. What is wrong with our children to just watch this happen and again why were police not involved in this incident? To me it just shows other students that these incidents can occur and there is not fear of the teachers or the law stepping in. Come on Montgomery County our system needs HELP. I am so happy my son has graduated and out of the system.

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  3. All of you should resign. Since you are not interested in stemming the tide of ILLEGAL immigration, you are all complicet in this heinous crime.

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  4. Mr. Leggett,
    As a long time (62years) resident of Montgomery County, I applaud you on your position on this horrible crime. Today, there are too many who ignore the law because of their political ties and views. I have always voted for you even though I am an Independent. Thank you again for your strong support of law enforcement to eradicate these people from our society.

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  5. Is the MCPS policies regarding student admission and student placement going to be changed or reviewed to better guard against such sequences of events and peoples in the future?

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  6. Maybe you should reconsider where you place 18 year olds, illegals, in the County system. Preferably, if you must educate them, which I have no idea WHY? Being they are here illegally, possibly you could place them in an adult education class? I certainly think that would be more prudent!!!

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  7. What exactly are you doing? There were cameras and a security officer. So, what more is being done?

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  8. What exactly is being done? According to MCPS there were already cameras and a security guard in place. What more is being done to keep our girls safe?

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  9. I did call several council members offices about the rape. One representative in particular said MOCO works with ICE. Here is the problem with MOCO. It has been placed on the on the ICE list which designates jurisdictions that are least cooperative with federal immigration authorities. MOCO only cooperates with ICE if a person in custody has a felony on his/her record. Therefor, the youth who committed this horrendous crime were safe from apprehension and turnover to ICE because they had not committed a crime which would warrant MOCO turning them over to ICE BEFORE the rape. And now one must wonder how many other individuals living in MOCO or attending our schools are a similar threat to the citizens of MOCO. Our politicians and their representatives bend the truth when they say the cooperate with ICE which is an outright lie. And before anyone calls me a racist, I have friends who are immigrants, neighbors who are immigrants and regularly do business on a personal basis with immigrants. My only hope is this country gets control of its borders and lets in only those people we wish to let in, just as we do when someone knocks on the front door of your home.

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  10. Is Montgomery County still a sanctuary city? If we are a sanctuary jurisdiction, and not cooperating with the federal government to assist in the removal and deportation of illegal aliens, we are DEFINITELY NOT doing all we can to keep our children safe. If we are a sanctuary jurisdiction, we should CHANGE THE POLICY or CHANGE THE POLITICIANS.

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  11. Mr. Leggett, you sir are a liar. I've been at meetings where you've openly defended the illegal aliens that reside in Montgomery County and that you have no intention of participating with the Federal immigration authorities. You count on the Hispanic vote and are afraid to lose it if you believed in enforcing Federal law.

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  12. If the judicial process finds these two individuals to be guilty, they should be imprisoned, and later considered for deportation when their sentences are completed.

    However, if the judicial process finds these two individuals to be innocent, which is a plausible outcome, will the County cooperate fully with ICE to see the two are deported? Many, if not most, legal residents of Montgomery County would find this policy to be deplorable. I, for one, do not support it.

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  13. That's what happens when you host and allow illegal immigrants in our counties.

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