Loudoun County officials address ‘disinformation’ about school attacks

Officials in Loudoun County, Virginia, are rejecting suggestions that they cover up an alleged sexual assault at a school by a student who allegedly attacked another victim months later.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said they want to Handling “misinformation” regarding Alleged attack on Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn on May 28 following recent media reports.

Scott Smith, whose daughter was the alleged victim in the May 28 attack, claimed in an interview with The Daily Caller that she was attacked in the girl’s bathroom by a student who he described as a boy in a skirt.

Smith was previously arrested on the Loudoun County School Board A meeting on June 22 that was scheduled to discuss a draft policy on the rights of transgender and non-binary students.

During the meeting, Principal Scott Ziegler said the school had received no reports of any assaults in public restrooms and that “the transgender student or person simply does not exist.”

Smith said he was angry at the comments knowing his daughter was assaulted just weeks ago.

He accused the school of trying to hide the attack so they could Continue to pay the 8040 . school policy, which was passed in August to allow students to use their gender names and pronouns, as well as locker rooms and bathrooms that match their “persistently confirmed gender identity.”

In their statement, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said they were immediately informed by officials at Stone Bridge High School of the alleged attack on May 28. After investigation, a 14-year-old man was arrested on July 8 on suspicion of two counts. of forced sodomy.

The sheriff’s office said they did not publicly disclose details about the arrest because “the suspect and the victim were familiar with each other, the investigation is complex, and the public announcement has the potential to identify the event victim.”

The suspect was later released from the juvenile detention center and transferred to another school. The Then he allegedly attacked another victim at Broad Run High School on October 6.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office issued the order Press release He details the suspect’s arrest the next day, noting that the 15-year-old is accused of forcing the victim into an empty classroom, holding her against her will, and inappropriately touching her.

The teen was charged with sexual battery and kidnapping and taken to Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.

The mayor’s office said they released a press release about the alleged attack at Broad Run High School because the investigation “did not involve complicated circumstances, the arrest was immediate, and the community was informed of the arrest because the information released is unlikely to reveal this attack’s identity.”

During a heated Loudoun County School Board meeting on Tuesday, a number of parents called for Superintendent Scott Ziegler to resign over the attacks and questioned why the student accused of assault at Stone Bridge High School was sent to Broad Run High School.

In a statement to NEWSWEEKLoudoun County Public Schools said that, as required by Virginia law, department officials cannot investigate sexual assaults until the relevant law enforcement agencies have completed their own investigations.

The statement confirmed that the principal at Stone Bridge High School immediately reported the sexual assault allegation to police on May 28, but that their school board members were not aware of this until recent media reports as details were not made public.

“LCPS is prohibited from disciplining any student without following Title IX grievance procedures, which include investigation of complaints of sexual harassment and sexual assault,” the statement said. “The LCPS enforces interim measures to protect the safety of students involved in the original incident, deter retaliation, and maintain the integrity of the investigation and settlement process.

“School board members are not normally given details of disciplinary matters,” the statement added. “The board may be obligated to consider long-term suspensions or expulsions and must ensure that students are not denied due process. Consequently, Loudoun County School Board members were not aware of the specifics of this incident until it was reported in the media earlier in the day. this week “.

Protesters and activists hold signs as they stand outside a Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) board meeting in Ashburn, Virginia on October 12, 2021. — Loudoun County School Board meetings have become tense recently as parents clash with board members over transgender issues, teaching theory Critical Race (CRT) and Covid-19 mandates. Tensions recently increased between parent groups and the school board after parents said a transgender person had assaulted a girl at a school.
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