MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- In a video message released Wednesday Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent is asking students to refrain from protesting during school hours and says they could face disciplinary consequences if the walkouts continue.
The video from Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent, Jack Smith comes after three consecutive days of anti-Trump protests among students in the area and after a 15-year-old student was beaten for wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.
Smith made it clear that Montgomery County Public Schools will not tolerate any hate-based speech or behaviors. In addition, Smith is asking parents and students to report any issues to school officials.
Smith also said that Montgomery County Public Schools does support the right for students to speak up and express their opinions, however first and foremost they are committed to keeping students safe.
The schools have recently seen an increase in hate-related vandalism, Smith stated. Students found to be responsible with such behavior will also be disciplined.
The superintendent is asking everyone to respect each other's opinions and differences. Smith added that he understands the feelings and emotions that many are feeling in the community at this time, however stressed the importance of conversation among one another.
Schools will share the video with students on Thursday.
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Dr. Smith has a message for the school community regarding student safety concerns during protests taking place. https://t.co/GuHQ6FcUt6— MCPS (@MCPS) November 16, 2016