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Dozens of Loudoun County students stage walkout over sexual assault by boy in girls’ bathroom

Loudoun County students staged a protest walkout to protest recent sexual assault cases in the public schools system and to show solidarity for victims of such abuses. 

Michelle Luttrell, principal at Loudoun Country High School, stated that students who decide to participate will not face any penalties. However, we ask that students who do so peacefully and without signage do so in accordance with the Students Rights and Responsibilities which were all signed at the start of the year. According to WUSA.

Stone Bridge, Broad Run, Riverside, and other schools stated that they would take part in the walkout on Tuesday. They planned to protest by leaving class for 10 minutes. 

WUSA reported that organizers asked students and teachers to wear white to protest.  

Broad Run High School was briefly evacuated by approximately 75 students. The mass, widespread walkouts in the county were not successful. 

Fox News reported that the Broad Run walkout took place hours before what is expected to be a contentious Loudoun County school board meeting. 

A A boy was found guilty by a judge on MondayA Stone Bridge High School girl was allegedly sexually assaulted in the girls’ restroom last spring. The incident occurred while the boy was wearing a skirt. 

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The girl’s father, Scott Smith, said he plans to file a lawsuit against the school system over the matter. 

Smith was captured being arrested at a school board meeting in June 22nd. The scene was recorded and shared on social media. In August, he was found guilty of disorderly behavior and resisting arrest. 

“We are relieved that justice was served today for the Smith’s daughter. This horrible incident has deeply affected the Smith family, and they are grateful for today’s outcome,” the law firm representing the family said in a statement after the judge’s ruling. 

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A second charge against him is still pending. He is also accused in forcing a female classmate to take over a room at Broad Run High School, and then groping her. 

Scott Ziegler, Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent, acknowledged Oct. 15 that current policies were not adequate to address sexual assault cases arising from the incidents. 

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Ziegler stated that he was sorry for the inadequacy and inefficiency of his processes and procedures. “It is clear that our administrative processes have not kept up with the growth in our county,” Ziegler said.

Amy Jahr sings "The Star Spangled Banner" after a Loudoun County School Board meeting was halted by the school board because the crowd refused to quiet down, in Ashburn, Virginia, June 22, 2021. 

After a Loudoun County Board meeting was stopped by the school board due to a raucous crowd, Amy Jahr sings “The Star Spangled Banner”, in Ashburn, Virginia, June 22, 20, 2021. 
(REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

An email from May 28 and revealed this month shows ​​Ziegler telling the school board about the sexual assault allegation that took place in the bathroom at Stone Bridge. At the June school board meeting where Smith was arrested, however, Ziegler declared that “the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist,” and that to his knowledge, “we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.” 

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Later, he apologized for not creating a safe environment for students. 

“First, let me say to the families and students involved — my heart aches for you and I am sorry that we failed to provide the safe, welcoming, and affirming environment that we aspire to provide,” he .

The email revelation has since sparked calls from Glenn Youngkin, Republican gubernatorial hopeful, for Ziegler and his school board to resign. 

Youngkin stated, “It is outrageous.” Fox NewsSaturday. He stated that the email “just confirms what we know: we had administrators at school boards who have been covering it up.” I mean, they tried to hide it from parents, they’ve hidden it from the public, and they actually endangered students by moving this young man – who in fact was being prosecuted for a sexual assault in another school – and enabled it to happen again.”

Source: Fox News

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