Protesters converge on MCPS headquarters over book opt-out

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June 6, 2023 – Em Espey / Moco360 News – Rockville Maryland

A large group of Muslim and Christian protesters gathered outside Montgomery County Public School headquarters in Rockville on Tuesday morning carrying banners stating “religious freedom” as they chanted, “Protect our children!”

On the other side of the street, a smaller group of counter-protesters waved rainbow flags and danced to Lady Gaga songs playing over a boombox as they chanted back, “Protect all children!”

A MoCo360 reporter counted at least 60 pro-opt-out protesters outside the building around 10:30 a.m. and at least two dozen counter-protesters. Witnesses say there may have been many more attendees throughout the morning. 

The gatherings stem from a policy revision MCPS announced on March 24 regarding its use of LGBTQ+ inclusive storybooks in school. According to the newly clarified guidelines, schools will not give prior notice to parents when inclusive texts are read, and families will not be allowed to opt students out.

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