The superintendent of Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools held a news conference Tuesday, a full five days after a 14-year-old girl was brutally gang-raped by two (now-confirmed) illegal aliens in a boy’s bathroom on school property, and defended allowing illegal immigrants into the school system, saying it “benefits the students and community.” And most unfortunately, it’s actually Maryland and federal law.
The tepid response of Superintendent Jack Smith over such an egregious crime is shocking, to say the least. In multiple media appearances, he has bent over backwards to keep this from turning into a political debate on immigration. His initial press conference was no different. He said:
“It’s also important to understand that while some would try to make this into a question and issue of immigration, what comes down, here, is that we serve every student that walks in our door. We are a public school system and we serve all of our students when they come to us. And when we look at that, it is not only the right thing to do and the good thing to do, and it benefits the students and our community and our state; it’s also the law of the land, and it’s what all of the school systems in this state — and I would go as far as to say virtually or all of them in the nation do — they serve the students who walk in the door.”
Smith goes on to cite a Supreme Court decision which said this was backed by the Constitution. Apparently, that includes allowing 17- and 18-year-old aliens to be placed in the 9th grade alongside the very 14-year-old they raped.
But Smith isn’t letting that “incident,” as he puts it, cast a dark shadow on doing what’s “right”:
“This horrible incident shouldn't change anyone's mind that those schools are safe for our students and we work very hard, and our families and our community works very hard, to keep all children safe in Montgomery County.”
Smith also expressed anger that many members of the community were using “racist, hate-filled rhetoric” toward other citizens:
“That is not the community I moved to last summer. It is not the community I want to live in and we should reject that from those people. We should say, ’No, we’re not going to paint all students who speak another language; all students of a skin color; all students of a religion with a broad brush because of a really terrible incident.”
Smith assured that nothing was really going to change in the future (transcript via James Barrett):
“We do not know what anyone's immigration status is in the school system because the law says we don't collect that and we don't. But of those 25,000 [legal and illegal aliens], some are here with different kinds of documentation and some have none. And it is wholly and entirely inappropriate for any of us, anytime, anywhere to say that we are going to deprive a 6-year-old, an 8-year-old, a 12-year-old, a 14-year-old, a 15- and 18-year-old of an education because a horrible incident happened last Thursday in one of our schools. ...
“We do our business by the rule of law in this country and that is what the law says. It gives us pretty explicit information about who we should serve and we want to serve them because we know that it would not be good for any child, no matter any circumstance or characteristic, to go without an education in this society and in this community. So it's very, very important that we help all students become productive members of society and it is the requirement. Additionally, Maryland has compulsory attendance laws from age 5 to 17 this year and next year that will go to 18.”
Remember, as the letter parents received after the rape stated, “Ensuring a safe, secure and welcoming learning environment for all of our students is our top priority.”
To help TruthRevolt readers feel some kind of vindication for this weak and pathetic approach, here’s Tucker Carlson raking a Baltimore councilman over the coals on this issue: