Major Networks Ignore Illegal Alien Rape at High School

Even though a local Fox News reporter raised the story during Tuesday’s White House press briefing, three major news networks ignored the rape of a 14-year-old teenager in Maryland by at least one illegal immigrant, according to a Wednesday report from the Media Research Center.

MRC, a right-leaning media watchdog, noted that Fox News was the first national television network to report on the incident Monday. On Tuesday, a local Fox News reporter brought the crime to White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s attention in front of a crowded room filled with reporters from the major news networks. And yet, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and CBS all ignored the story Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

“So what deserved more attention than the brutal rape of a 14-year-old girl, in her own high school by two men, at least one of which, shouldn’t have been allowed into this country?”

“In fact, the only mention Newsbusters could find of this story on any of these networks were brief reports on the 4 am CNN and CBS early morning shows,” MRC NewsBusters wrote on its site. “So what deserved more attention than the brutal rape of a 14-year-old girl, in her own high school by two men, at least one of which, shouldn’t have been allowed into this country?”

As MRC’s report noted, “Apparently ABC’s Good Morning America thought a lengthy segment on whether expensive pasta was better than cheaper pasta was more newsworthy.” In addition, the site noted that “over on NBC’s Today they spent three minutes demonstrating a futuristic car that could be elevated on stilts.”

Residents of Maryland’s Montgomery County were outraged following the chilling report of the brutal rape that occurred Thursday in a men’s bathroom in Rockville High School. El Salvadoran Jose O. Montano, 17, and Guatemalan Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, were charged with raping their fellow ninth grade classmate.

Although authorities confirmed that Sanchez-Milian was an illegal immigrant, they would not confirm Montano’s immigration status because he is a minor. At the time of the rape, Sanchez-Milian was being considered for deportation. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency even released reports showing that Montgomery County had ignored ICE detainer requests.

County school administrators and police held a meeting Tuesday evening with concerned parents and residents to address the issue.

According to Fox News, one parent at the meeting wondered why this meeting occurred five days after the rape and not sooner, as well as the school’s relative lack of communication with the students’ parents. Other parents wanted to know why they had to find out details about the controversy from the media instead of from the school itself.

Other parents brought up the assailants’ immigration status and why a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old were placed in the ninth grade with 14-year-olds. Some people distributed handouts with information about a Supreme Court ruling requiring schools to provide education regardless of immigration status, as well as the county’s decision to avoid asking its public school students about their legal status.

“Why is an 18-year-old man in a class with 13 or 14-year-old girls? Why was his status not known to those folks? Why was he allowed to enter the country after he was picked up for illegally crossing the border—both of them? So there are a lot of questions,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told FOX 5 Tuesday.

“My biggest concern is the Montgomery County School System —  and their lack of cooperation and the lack of information they’ve been providing,” Hogan added. “Not only have they refused to provide any information to us, but they’ve refused to provide information to the state Board of Education, which specifically requested more information.”

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  13. Rockville High School
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