Loudoun County Public Schools has been exposed for allegedly not recording a number of sexual assaults that reportedly occurred on school premises dating back several years, despite being required to do so by law.
Such incidents are required to be reported to the public and school superintendents are to be held personally liable for any violations according to the Daily Wire who did a follow-up story on Thursday focusing on Scott Smith, whose ninth-grade daughter was allegedly raped in a high school bathroom. Another student was allegedly assaulted by the same gender-fluid 15-year-old boy at a different school as well.
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“NEW ON LOUDOUN: In 2018, a boy was held down while other boys ‘inserted objects into the victim’ in a locker room. The culprits were arrested. Loudoun told the state that zero sexual assaults occurred in that school that year, and every year since,” tweeted Luke Rosiak, the author of both pieces.
The Virginia Department of Education is now rushing to cover itself over this latest revelation. Spokesman Charles Pyle asserted that “VDOE is reviewing the discipline, crime and violence data submissions of Loudoun County Public Schools and is in communication with LCPS to determine whether the division’s reporting is accurate and whether the division is in compliance with state and federal law.”
NEW ON LOUDOUN: In 2018, a boy was held down while other boys “inserted objects into the victim” in a locker room. The culprits were arrested.
Loudoun told the state that zero sexual assaults occurred in that school that year, and every year since. pic.twitter.com/wWCcVNZQaX
— Luke Rosiak (@lukerosiak) October 14, 2021
That particular law may cause even more angst for the Loudoun superintendent following the alleged sexual assault on May 28 of Smith’s daughter. During a June 22 school board meeting that resulted in the tackling of the father by police, bloodying his lip, and handcuffing him while dragging him from the room, Superintendent Scott Ziegler stated, “To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.”
The law in Virginia states, “Reports shall be made to the division superintendent and to the principal or his designee on all incidents involving … sexual assault.” That appears to have not happened.
Virginia Democrats amended the law last year in an attempt to soften the requirement. Virginia Code § 22.1-279.3:1 required all crimes that occurred on school grounds to be reported to law enforcement. Democrats amended the law with House Bill 257, replacing the word “criminal” with “felony,” which omits misdemeanors from the law’s required reporting on such incidents.
Leftists claimed that the language change would “move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to reporting and tap into the experience and expertise of our front-line school principals.” Conservatives contended that the policy would “make our students, teachers, and school personnel significantly less safe.”
The incidents brought to light by the Daily Wire, if proven, are felonies. Sexual battery is a misdemeanor, sexual assault is a felony.
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LCPS was bluntly asked last week by the Daily Wire, “Has Stone Bridge ever reported the May alleged sexual assault in any statistics or made anyone aware of it?” LCPS deflected and instead referred to state law. Director of Communications Joan Sahlgren equivocated that, “Any information related to student information is confidential under state and federal laws regarding student privacy.”
Her argument does not hold up since incidents are still required to be reported to the public via a public database called Safe Schools Information Resource (SSIR) which is administered by the Virginia Department of Education. LCPS reported that Stone Bridge had zero sexual assaults for the 2020-2021 school year which is now known to be untrue.
Previously, LCPS had failed to report another incident that occurred in October of 2018. Three football players at Tuscorara High were arrested and charged with sexual assault after attacking another boy according to the Loudoun Times-Mirror. A source claimed that a younger player was “held down by teammates who inserted objects into the victim” in a locker room. LCPS asserted at the time that “the case will be subject to disciplinary action.” Upon review, the annual report for Tuscorara that year listed zero instances of sexual offenses against students.
The law also states, “A division superintendent who knowingly fails to comply or secure compliance with the reporting requirements of this subsection shall be subject to the sanctions authorized in § 22.1-65. A principal who knowingly fails to comply or secure compliance with the reporting requirements of this section shall be subject to sanctions prescribed by the local school board, which may include, but need not be limited to, demotion or dismissal.”
Anger is spreading over the Loudoun County school board scandal. People are furious:
Horrific! This is criminal not political. There is no excuse for not protecting children! None. “We didn’t know” doesn’t cut it. That’s your job to know. Makes me sick.
— Deanna (@DLK80s) October 14, 2021
Wow, something is very very wrong
— The Lies They Tell (@sarahstuartxx) October 14, 2021
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— maestergoose (@maestergoose) October 15, 2021
What is going on over there ???? Inexcusable!!!!
— Jacqueline Aguilar (@Jacquel96869497) October 15, 2021
WHAT. IN. THE. ACTUAL. F**K???????
The entire school board needs dismissing, and new elections need to be held. Jesus f*****g Christ, this is nothing short of disgraceful (and even that’s a gross understatement)
— Alex Jenkins (@AlJenko98) October 15, 2021
It is establishing a trend of elected officials hiding violence from the people to whom they’re responsible. That trend has potential to continue if those who elect these people do not know it is ongoing. Such violence has a direct relation to parents/children who should know.
— Stevefed (@rvabound) October 15, 2021
Okay this is horrifying.
This is CHILDREN we are talking about.
Being raped & assaulted.
The grown ups don’t stop the abuse but cover it up so it may continue.
Reminds me of the Catholic church scandals all over again.
— IsmiseBrid (@Reclaimingwoman) October 14, 2021
JFC. I’m not even shocked. Public school system is horrific. They hide this stuff but it happens far more often than people think. Victims are NEVER heard and are far more likely to be smeared by coming forward.
— Tangier (@tangytangier) October 15, 2021
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