‘This is not China, this is the United States, and we will not keep quiet,’ said an irritated mother.
ASHBURN, Va. – More than 60 concerned parents, students and residents spoke at the Loudoun County School Board meeting on Tuesday evening, with many calling for the Loudoun County superintendent’s resignation. Scott Ziegler In the wake of allegations that the school district covered up two alleged sexual assaults.
Parents attended the school board meeting with signs urging Ziegler to resign.
“This is not China, this is the United States, and we will not keep quiet,” said an angry mother. “Remove the superintendent immediately and then resign to your carelessness and duplicity. End this nightmare!”
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The parents pointed to two alleged sexual assaults, the first of which was claimed by the victim’s father on May 28, 2021. telling the daily wire His ninth grade daughter was assaulted in the bathroom by a boy wearing a skirt. Elizabeth Lancaster, a lawyer for the alleged victim’s father, said the boy was charged with two counts of forced sodomy, one count of anal sex and one count of coercion.
“We can confirm the May 28, 2021 case, which involved a 2-month-long investigation, was conducted to determine the facts of the case prior to the arrest,” the sheriff’s office told Granthshala News. “This case is still pending for court proceedings. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has not been able to provide any documents related to the pending case.” The Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the case was related to sexual assault.
At a June 22 board meeting, Ziegler announced that “the predatory transgender student or person simply does not exist,” and to the best of his knowledge, “we have no record of attacks taking place in our restrooms.”
On August 11, the school board voted to approve a controversial transgender policy, 8040, that requires teachers to call students by their preferred pronouns and requires bathroom renovations to make them more private.
On October 6, at another school, a 15-year-old boy was charged with sexual battery and kidnapping a fellow student, Sheriff’s Office reported. The boy allegedly forced a female victim into his empty classroom, where he grabbed her against her will and touched her inappropriately. The report links the two attacks, although police have not confirmed to Granthshala News that they involved the same male student.
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“These incidents were immediately reported to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the LCPS fully cooperated with the investigation,” a Ziegler spokesman told Granthshala News. “Any information relating to student information is confidential under state and federal laws relating to student privacy.”
The spokesperson declined to comment about the parent’s allegations that Ziegler was involved in the firing crimes. The superintendent’s office did not respond to Ziegler’s demands for his resignation.
“The policy of 8040 was sent to a vote without consideration for the protection of all students, simply to satisfy a liberal agenda – a policy that, as you knew well enough, sees our children being abused inside our schools. Will allow to do it,” said an irritated mother. School board meeting on Tuesday. “There have been at least two girls recently sexually assaulted in our high school, one of them in the restroom.
The woman said, “Your moral faults are exposed! You, Dr. Ziegler, and our school board – each and every one of you – are involved in these crimes against our children because you did nothing about it,” said the woman.
Another mother said, “What is worse than raping a child in school? Cover-up by those who are trusted for the safety and well being of the children.” “Today, Scott Ziegler must resign for the unconscious act of allowing an alleged rapist to rape him again at school, and for that coverup.”
One father said, “We warned you about the policies you were implementing that would be a threat to our students, and we have seen that happen.” “When is enough? When are you going to change policies to keep our children safe?”
Katie Young, a 14-year-old student in the school district, claimed that “8040 and many of the policies that are being proposed are not meant to make people more comfortable or accepting of others, but to change my peers and my way of thinking.” We are meant to change, so that we will become the next generation of social justice warriors.”
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“I’m 14 years old, the fact that I have to be here at school to defend my rights to not let your radical agenda go down my throat is not only worrisome, but disturbing,” Young said. “My partner and I are not tools to advance your political agenda.”
“These school board members knew about the first incident in the June 22 meeting. I am sorry, they all knew about the matter when they were here for the June 22 meeting. And now another by the same hunter. Has the child been hurt? And so we hold them accountable,” Patti Meanders, a mother and president of the Loudoun County Republican Women’s Club, told Granthshala News in an interview prior to the meeting.
Each speaker entered the room alone, had a minute to speak, and then security escorted them out. The large room was almost completely empty except for the school board in front, a few scattered members of the media on the left and the staff on the right. Speakers addressed largely empty rooms in an area with chairs far from each other. One mother suggested that the school board was breaking the law, holding “public meetings” largely privately.
Neither the school board’s president, Brenda Sheridan, nor member Beth Barts, who was chosen by multiple parents in the comments, responded to Granthshala News’ requests for comment regarding demands for her resignation.