“The fact that it took an election, a new governor, and on Day One an executive order to get this get to get this investigated, I think, really speaks to the fact that I think the Loudoun County School Board let everyone down and didn’t do their job”
A little over a year ago, a male student who wears skirts sexually assaulted two girls at two schools in Loudoun County, Virginia.
This unfolded at the same time that parents around the country began to take on an activist role at school board meetings. Parents in Loudoun County demanded the firing of the superintendent. Some parents even sued.
Now the superintendent has been fired and indicted by a grand jury. It looks like the crimes were covered up to advance the woke agenda.
Luke Rosiak reports at the Daily Wire:
Loudoun Superintendent, Spokesman Criminally Indicted Following Rape Coverup
Two top officials of a Northern Virginia public school district were indicted Monday for their roles in the handling of a bathroom rape by a skirt-wearing boy after The Daily Wire revealed the apparent coverup last year, court documents unsealed Monday showed.
Former Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler , who was fired last week, was indicted on three misdemeanor counts of false publication, conflict of interest-prohibited conduct, and penalizing an employee for court appearance. Spokesman Wayde Byard was indicted on a felony charge of perjury, court records show.
A week ago, a special grand jury released a 91-page report that confirmed the findings of The Daily Wire’s October 2021 expose, determining that Ziegler told a “bald-faced lie” when he dismissed concerns about a proposed transgender policy by denying that there had ever been any bathroom sex assaults–despite knowing of the attack on a ninth-grade girl just a month earlier.
The grand jury said Ziegler’s administration also concealed from the public and even the school board that the same boy went on to sexually assault another girl in a classroom, with school board members learning about it from a report in The Daily Wire. The grand jury findings painted a devastating picture and showed that “throughout this ordeal LCPS administrators were looking out for their own interests instead of the best interests of LCPS.”
This case impacted the Virginia governor race, and Glenn Youngkin, who won, kept his promise to investigate.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The special grand jury was impaneled by Miyares at the behest of Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA), who had vowed to investigate the school district while campaigning ahead of the November 2021 election.
In the report, the grand jury blasted Ziegler for stating at a June 22, 2021, school board meeting that, to his knowledge, there had not been any sexual assaults in school bathrooms. The grand jury said it agreed with multiple witnesses who testified that Ziegler lied at the meeting, including one who said the superintendent’s comment was a “bald-faced lie.”
In an interview with ABC 7 News, Youngkin said he was not surprised by the special grand jury’s findings.
“The fact that it took an election, a new governor, and on Day One an executive order to get this get to get this investigated, I think, really speaks to the fact that I think the Loudoun County School Board let everyone down and didn’t do their job,” he said. “I’m so proud of the Attorney General’s Office. And I want to thank the grand jury for the extensive effort and work that they put in to illuminate what was a terrible, horrific circumstance for all Loudoun County and Virginia.”
This report from FOX News breaks down the key findings:
LCPS displayed a “stunning lack of openness, transparency and accountability, both to the public and to the special grand jury” about its response to the sexual assaults, according to the report, which also condemned Ziegler for denying at a June 2021 school board meeting that he had any knowledge of the first assault, which had occurred in May of that year. The second assault was committed in October 2021.
Ziegler had said at the board meeting that “the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist,” and, to his knowledge, “we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.”
But in an email dated May 28, the same day as the initial assault, the superintendent alerted school board members that an assault had been reported.
The grand jury’s report explained that the district failed at several points to “step in and alter” the sequence of events that led to the second assault. It also said the grand jury did not find a “coordinated cover-up” between school officials and the school board but that the second assault “could have and should have been prevented.”
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