Editor: On March 26, Loudoun School Board member Eric DeKenipp posted a link on Facebook to a recent piece he penned entitled, “We Need to Stop Sanctuary Policy: The Rockville High School Attack.”
I’m writing now, not to engage in a discussion on sanctuary city policy, but rather to discuss Mr. DeKenipp’s responses to constituents who left comments on his post from March 26.
By posting on a controversial topic, Mr. DeKenipp must have anticipated some rancorous responses. Indeed, I would hope that Mr. DeKenipp would encourage responses from across the political spectrum. After all education, and the role of sanctuary cities is not a Republican or Democratic issue, but a community issue. Crafting a solution to best serve our community would require input from residents across the political spectrum, and compromise from our elected officials.
But it seems, Mr. DeKenipp was in no mood to take pointed responses to his post that day. In response to a comment from a member of the community, he wrote, “I expected more from you but apparently your [sic] just another liberal with no common sense.”
Regardless of Mr. DeKenipp’s personal feelings on this topic, he is an elected official and should be a role model for our community. Instead, he has chosen to take the lowest road possible, and use personal insults to deflect any criticism or debate on his views.
This is not Mr. DeKenipp’s first offense. Continuing to rely on personal insults and attacks on his constituents demonstrates that Mr. DeKenipp is no longer capable of respectably representing the Catoctin District on the School Board.
We live in divisive times, and none of us are innocent of using partisan rhetoric to make a point, but Mr. DeKenipp’s swift turn to personal insults on this post underscores his unwillingness to work across the aisle to improve the community for all residents. Instead, he relies on petty name-calling to attempt to justify his opinions.
We need elected officials, and leaders who sow seeds of respect, common courtesy, and unity within the community. Mr. DeKenipp has proven yet again that he is not the right leader for that job.
Jenny Couch, Leesburg