Parents accuse superintendent of lying to hide alleged sexual assault to advance pro-transgender policy
The parents demanded the resignation of Loudoun County School Board and Superintendent Scott Ziegler at a school board meeting on Tuesday, citing an email that surfaced last week.
In an email, Ziegler alerted the board to reports of alleged sexual assault in the girls’ bathroom on May 28, nearly a month before he publicly declared he had no records of the bathroom. attack.
“You buried a sexual assault to protect your precious 8040 policy,” said Carrie Michonne, the grandmother of the Loudoun County children, accusing the school board of a pro-transgender policy. “Each one of you, resign!”
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“You’re so concerned about advancing race and gender that you sacrificed our children,” said Loudoun County GOP Women’s Club president Patti Hidalgo Menders. “A girl was sexually assaulted in May, and you all knew about it. The stalker was put back in schools for sexually harassing another girl. You all should be fired.”
“You have hundreds of students from Loudoun County going out in protest because they feel unsafe in schools,” said local mom Erin Smith. “Did any of you respond to this email from Dr. Ziegler on May 28? Was that email dangerous to anyone?”
Smith also addressed the school board’s president, Brenda Sheridan, who suggested that parent complaints focus on the November 2 gubernatorial election.
“We’re not here to influence the election, Brenda,” she said, pledging that the parents will keep coming back after the election. “Get comfortable because we’re not going away.”
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“Fire Scott Ziegler for his gross negligence, and if you haven’t hired a lawyer yet, I highly recommend you go find everyone,” declared Erin Dunbar.
“We demand the resignation of Scott Ziegler,” Alicia Brand said.
Amanda Shallott alleged that “the LCPS protects rapists,” claiming that the school board “covered up the attack” and that “Ziegler lied about it.”
“I call for the immediate resignation of Dr. Ziegler and any of you who learn of the rape this spring,” Shallot said.
Several speakers denounced the remarks of former President Barack Obama, who dismissed education issues in the Virginia governor’s race.
A father of two girls said that his daughters and other girls decide to “catch up” rather than go to the bathroom alone.
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The parents claimed that Ziegler and the school board covered up — while the board was considering a controversial transgender rule — a male student in a skirt who allegedly assaulted a female student in the girls’ bathroom. Prosecutors Confirmed That the same youth who is accused in the May incident has also been accused of sexual harassment in another school in an October incident.
After the first incident on 28 May Ziegler sent an email “This afternoon a girl student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the toilet,” she told the school board. At a school board meeting on June 22, Ziegler announced that to his knowledge, “we have no record of attacks on our restrooms.”
On October 15, Ziegler apologized for these comments, saying he “misinterpreted” a question about “indiscipline incidents in the bathroom” because he was too focused on the 8040 controversy.
The school district has denied the allegations of cover-up.
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LCPS spokesman Wayne Byrd told Granthshala News on Monday that the school district immediately reported the alleged attacks to the sheriff’s office on May 28 and October 6. Byrd noted that Ziegler informed the board, but because “the nature of the incident was still under investigation,” the report “could not be released to the general public” at the time.
The Commonwealth Counsel’s Office issued a statement on Tuesday addressing the May 28 incident.
“Chief Justice Pamela Brooks of Loudoun County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court found that the evidence presented yesterday is sufficient to sustain two charges of sexual assault,” the statement said. “The boy is in custody and is due back in court in November.”
Virginia Republican governor candidate Glenn Youngkin first demanded resignation Ziegler and the school board.
Counter-protesters also came to the meeting, supporting Democrat Terry McAuliffe, transgender students and diversity and inclusion programs.
The school board did not respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment as of press time.