Several parents have demanded that Loudoun County school board’s superintendent resign over allegations that the school district covered up two sexual assaults alleged to have occurred on school grounds.
A school board meeting in Loudon County, Virginia, became heated on Tuesday after parents vented their anger over two separate incidents which allegedly occurred at Broad Run High School and Stone Bridge High School.
In an interview with The Daily Wire, Scott Smith—a father who was arrested at a previous Loudoun County School Board meeting on June 22 after a debate over a draft policy on transgender and nonbinary students’ rights escalated— alleged that his daughter was sexually assaulted at Stone Bridge High School by a student allegedly dressed with a skirt on May 28.
During the June 22 meeting in which Smith was arrested after being dragged out, superintendent Scott Ziegler dismissed any concerns about assaults on school grounds allegedly committed by transgender students.
“To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms,” he said.
“I think it’s important to keep our perspective on this, we’ve heard it several times tonight from our public speakers, but the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist.”
Smith said he became irate at the comments knowing that his daughter had allegedly being assaulted just weeks beforehand.
Five months later, another alleged sexual assault by the same teenager took place at Broad Run High School in October.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office told Newsweek it could not confirm if it was the same suspect as juvenile reports are excluded from disclosure, with suspects’ criminal history information also exempt under Virginia Code
During Tuesday’s meeting, a number of parents expressed their concerns over the alleged assaults while calling for superintendent Scott Ziegler to stand down.
“How do you expect parents across this county to drop off their kids and entrust you all to keep them safe when you’ve shown on more than one occasion you are not up for the job,” Monica Sadeghi said, via 7News On Your Side.
“When the Catholic Church passed predator priest from parish to parish the walls came eventually crashing down on them. And they were finally held accountable for the abuse. When is doctor Ziegler and this board going to be held accountable?” added Theresa Lieberman.
Smith told The Daily Wire that the suspect raped his daughter in the girl’s bathroom at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn.
He alleges the student took advantage of the school’s Policy 8040, which was passed in August to allow students to use their name and gender pronouns, and permit “gender-expansive and transgender students” to use school facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond to their “consistently asserted gender identity.”
The suspect accused of assaulting Smith’s daughter was later arrested, with The Daily Wire reporting they were charged with two counts of forcible sodomy, one count of anal sodomy, and one count of forcible fellatio.
“We can confirm a May 28, 2021 case that involved a thorough 2-month-long investigation that was conducted to determine the facts of the case prior to arrest,” the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement to Fox News. “This case is still pending court proceedings.”
On October 7, the sheriff’s office confirmed that they arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of sexual battery and abduction after he allegedly forced the victim into an empty classroom at Broad Run High School, held her against her will and inappropriately touched her.
The Loudoun County School Board has been contacted for comment.
A woman sits with her sign during a Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) board meeting in Ashburn, Virginia on October 12, 2021. Loudoun county school board meetings have become tense recently with parents clashing with board members over transgender issues.
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