School district breaks silence on transgender sexual assault case

By Caroline Downey, National Review

Loudoun County (Va.) Public Schools responded Wednesday to a bombshell report that it covered up a sexual assault perpetrated by a “gender fluid” male student in the girls’ bathroom.

The victim’s father, Scott Smith, was arrested during a school board meeting in June before he could describe what had happened to his daughter. In a statement released Wednesday, the district claimed that the school board was ignorant of the details at the time of the meeting and only learned of the alleged rape through the Daily Wire’s recent report.

Moreover, the district wrote that it was obliged to defer the initial criminal investigation to local law enforcement, which received a report on May 28 when Smith says the assault occurred, before it conducted a probe of its own.

“To maintain the integrity of the criminal investigation, law enforcement requested that LCPS not interview students until their investigation is concluded. LCPS has cooperated and continues to cooperate with law enforcement,” the statement read.

Also referenced was the formal Title IX grievance process, which LCPS insisted it must follow before disciplining any alleged perpetrator, although it clarified that it does “impose interim measures to protect the safety of students involved in the original incident, deter retaliation…”

According to a provision on the grievance process, “The burden of gathering evidence and burden of proof must remain on schools, not on the parties.”

While Smith claimed he was scheduled to speak at the June 22 meeting, to share his daughter’s testimony and oppose a policy on the district docket to force faculty to address students by their preferred gender pronouns, the statement said LCPS found no record that he was registered in advance to speak. The school superintendent Scott Ziegler dismissed criticisms of the policy during the meeting as well as denied that student sexual misconduct had happened in a Loudoun County school.

“…the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist,” Ziegler said.  To his knowledge, he added, “we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.”

“If someone would have sat and listened for thirty seconds to what Scott had to say, they would have been mortified and heartbroken,” Scott’s attorney, Elizabeth Lancaster told the Daily Wire.

At meeting Tuesday night, over 60 outraged parents and students confronted the Loudoun County school board to demand that it fire the superintendent and then resign as a panel in the wake of the sexual assault development, Fox News reports.

“This is not China, this is the United States of America, and we will not be silenced,” a mother exclaimed. “Remove the superintendent immediately and then resign for your negligence and duplicity. End this nightmare!”

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3 responses to “School district breaks silence on transgender sexual assault case”

  1. Harold Wilkes Avatar
    Harold Wilkes

    This is a tongue-biter, holding back the first thing that comes to mind and trying to apply reason but it’s hard to do. For now, all I’ll say is that justice must be served, to the “alleged” culprit and the school administration and I sincerely hope the punishment fits the crime.

  2. John Avatar

    The ‘Do Gooders ‘ would be saying something different if they were assaulted. All people should be respected and treated with dignity.

  3. gene Avatar

    The more we have “transgender” bathrooms the more this will happen. If this happened the culprit needs to be prosecuted, along with the school board for their willingness to cover it up. The left however won’t get any punishment, only the “law abiding citizens” get punished.

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