Students arriving for the first day of school at in Rockville on Monday were greeted by more than a standard “Welcome Back” message on the school signboard.
Anti-abortion demonstrators stood at both sides of the entrance to the driveway on Scott Drive, displaying banner-sized photos of aborted fetuses.
“We were aware that there were folks near the school,” said Lesli Maxwell, a Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman. “We don’t know who they were but the school contacted the police."
County police officers asked the demonstrators to move off school property, said Officer Janelle Smith, a Montgomery County Police Department spokewoman. They complied, standing on the sidewalk on either side of the driveway. After additional discussion with officers, the demonstrators chose to leave.
Despite the banners and police presence, students arriving at school entered the building without delay or incident.