Ex­ploit­ing an al­leged rape

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

As a Rockville High School par­ent, I am and al­ways have been con­fi­dent in my child’s abil­ity to re­ceive a high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in a safe en­vi­ron­ment. That was not changed by the al­leged rape at the high school this month. Most par­ents would agree that there is noth­ing more im­por­tant than the safety and well-be­ing of our chil­dren; I be­lieve that our prin­ci­pal and school ad­min­is­tra­tion share that feel­ing.

I am hor­ri­fied by the man­ner in which our school com­mu­nity has been re­peat­edly threat­ened this week. Us­ing a tragic at­tack on a child to fuel a xeno­pho­bic and hate-filled agenda has done noth­ing but un­der­mine the safety of our al­ready vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­nity [“Md. rape case draws na­tional at­ten­tion,” Metro, March 22].

Fear-mon­ger­ing and threats to peo­ple at our school do noth­ing but make our chil­dren feel un­safe.

I ap­pre­ci­ate the out­pour­ing of sup­port I have seen within the Rockville com­mu­nity and hope that the vic­tim and our fam­i­lies are al­lowed space to heal.

Beth N. Davis, Sil­ver Spring

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