Parents in Virginia’s Loudoun County are hammering the county’s school board and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Thursday as controversies cascade within the school district that is change into a nationwide political hotbed.
For months, parents within the school district simply exterior the nation’s capital have protested and pressured school directors over crucial race idea (CRT) teachings and masks mandates, together with in testy school board conferences. Debate in Loudoun County and others across the nation not too long ago led to a controversial DOJ memo instructing the FBI to look into alleged threats in opposition to school board members – one thing many activist parents see as an try and label them home terrorists.
Meanwhile, a Loudoun County mother or father is alleging that Loudoun County Public Schools’ (LCPS) transgender lavatory coverage resulted in his daughter being sexually assaulted by a skirt-wearing male scholar in a ladies’ lavatory. The father of the woman alleged to Fox News that the school board tried to cowl up the alleged assault, which was first reported by The Daily Wire.
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LCPS mentioned in an announcement Wednesday that it reported the allegations to the Loudoun County Sherriff when the alleged incident occurred and isn’t involving itself within the course of “until law enforcement advises LCPS that it has completed the criminal investigation.”
The assertion additionally talked about that “members of the Loudoun County School Board were not aware of the specific details of this incident until it was reported in media outlets earlier this week.” The Loudoun County School Board didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from Fox News Thursday.
The Loudoun County sheriff’s workplace beforehand instructed Fox News, “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. This case is still pending court proceedings. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is not able to provide any documents that pertain to a pending case.” The sheriff’s workplace additionally confirmed that the case concerned sexual assault.
Ian Prior, government director of Fightforschools.com, a former senior official within the Trump DOJ and a LCPS mother or father, held a press convention Thursday afternoon to handle the “failure” of LCPS to correctly deal with a sequence of assorted incidents, together with the alleged sexual assault, over the past a number of months.
Prior was joined by near 30 Loudoun County parents through the press convention throughout which he known as for the firing of the superintendent, Dr. Scott Ziegler, and for an unbiased investigation into Loudoun’s system failures. In addition, Prior known as for Attorney General Merrick Garland to research LCPS for doable Title IX violations.
A handful of parents held up indicators in help of “Parents for Youngkin,” the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia. Another mother or father wore a pink shirt saying “Stand Up For Virginia” and one girl was sporting a black shirt that mentioned “My Child My Choice.”
“Fire Ziegler” indicators have been additionally prominently displayed behind the rostrum.
LCPS didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’ request for touch upon the allegations made by Prior through the press convention.
One girl who claimed to be affiliated with the Loudoun County Democratic Committee bought right into a heated alternate with a couple of conservative parents after the occasion concluded. She additionally loudly disagreed with lots of the statements made by Prior all through the press occasion.
She said that she didn’t attend the occasion to defend the actions of the accused assailant, however that they deserve an investigation and it should not be a witch hunt. The girl later clarified to Fox News after the occasion that whereas she is a member of the LCDC, she was on the occasion in her private capability.
Lissa Savaglio, Loudoun County Democratic Committee chair, instructed Fox News that Fight for Schools is utilizing kids as “political props.”
“For far too long Fight For Schools has been using our children as political props, campaigning with Republican insurrectionists like Dave LaRock and seeking to defund our public schools. It is disgraceful that they would seek to weaponize an event before we, as a community, have a comprehensive view of the facts. It is clear that rather than respect the victims and the legal process, they are intent on creating fear and division for their own political gain.”
Fox News’ Tara Prindiville contributed to this report.
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