Joint Statement from the Principals of Walter Johnson High School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Regarding Incidents That Occurred After Last Friday’s Football Game

by Patrick Herron

The following letter was sent to parents and students of Walter Johnson and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Schools on Monday.

“Dear Members of the Walter Johnson High School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Communities,

This is a joint message from the principals of Walter Johnson High School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Schools.

We wanted to let our communities know that several serious incidents occurred after the playoff football game on Friday, November 5, between our two schools at the B-CC campus.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Students taunted Walter Johnson High School students and vandalized the bus transporting Walter Johnson players as they attempted to return to their home campus. Following this, there were reports of an altercation involving multiple students in downtown Bethesda.

While both schools had many administrators, security and police present on campus before, during, and after the game, it is essential to know that these events happened off-campus. The Montgomery County Police Department was engaged immediately and responded and are investigating these incidents.

The alleged behaviors are alarming and unacceptable and not aligned with either school’s guidelines for responsible behavior. Student safety is of paramount importance and we expect all students to represent the highest examples of proper behavior as representatives of our individual school communities. We can be athletic rivals safely and respectfully.

The administration at both schools will be working collaboratively in the coming days to repair the harm done and work towards understanding and unify

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Carol Blum Gordon November 9, 2021 - 9:39 am

The wise adage says that it takes two to fight. Blaming it all on the BCC students is unfair because if the WJ students had ignored them or asked security to protect them there would have been no “incident”. Rivalries among MoCo high schools have been historic so turning this into a snowflake event is ridiculous. MoCo is too woke and getting worse.

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Phil November 9, 2021 - 2:36 pm

The incident happened off campus so the “security” you speak of that the WJ students were supposed to call is MoCo police. Sell that “snowflake” jive somewhere else, please. This isn’t about being woke, so knock it off. You can’t have kids fighting after sporting events. Only a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured and then there’s police reports and lawsuits.

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Nick November 10, 2021 - 8:11 am

Sure. It’s somehow the WJ students’ fault that the BCC students vandalized the WJ bus. That makes perfect sense.

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Nitti November 10, 2021 - 5:03 pm

Expel the students & Punish the parents harshly once perps are known & it will stop for good. Even if it’s parents that don’t teach their kids respect for others & righteousness already…they will once they pay for it with $ fines & the kid is repeating a grade.

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