Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman tweeted a new video of the young man who was seen being attacked in a viral video from earlier this month– this video showed the Quince Orchard High School student running out with the football team ahead of its Thursday night game, holding a banner with the message ‘forgive’ written on it. The video and a photo tweeted by Quince Orchard High School principal Beth Thomas can be seen below.
The father of the student who was attacked in the original video spoke out in an interview with FOX5’s Shomari Stone. The victim’s father told FOX 5 that he believes his son was targeted. He says his son is on the autism spectrum. “I’m obviously distraught, especially after seeing the video, or videos that have been, I guess leaked or put on social media. It hurts to see your child hit numerous times by a bully.” he said.
According to FOX5, MCPS says they’re aware of the original video, and they are currently investigating. MCPS stated the following, “These matters are always taken very seriously as safety is paramount in every school. The MCPS Student Code of Conduct identifies fighting as prohibited and following an investigation, discipline may be applied. Student privacy law does not allow the district to identify any specific disciplinary action.” Quince Orchard principal Beth Thomas also responded to what occurred in the video, saying, “We responded swiftly yesterday to this unacceptable behavior and incident. This is not tolerated and a violation of our Code of Conduct. It undermines our values and everything we are committed to creating at QO. EVERY child deserves to feel safe, welcomed, and valued.”
Life is full of lessons and teachable moments.
We always have opportunities to forgive and heal.
We are QO strong! 🐾❤️
@QOAthletics @MCPSAthletics @QOHS_AP @QOAP_KJ @yarborop2 @QOHSAP_EB @QO_FOOTBALL @QOBoosters pic.twitter.com/gsokJEkUQ4
— Beth Thomas (@QOHSPrin_Thomas) September 14, 2023
Calling all coaches, students and parents/caregivers of student athletes: MCPS Athletics and the NCAA Eligibility Center are hosting a virtual information night from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4.
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church, located at 7701 Bradley Blvd in Bethesda, is hosting its 4th Annual Saint George Christmas Experience and Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 2nd.
According to Montgomery County Police, “A 20-year-old Capitol Heights man died Tuesday, November 28, 2023, after crashing his car into a parked vehicle on Spruell Drive.