“over accusations the school district failed to adequately investigate and that it attempted to cover up the sexual assault”
This case was ground zero for the parents’ right movement in education. It looks like the family has a very strong case.
FOX News reports:
Family of Loudoun County sexual assault victim sues district for $30M over student’s rape in school bathroom
The family of a teenage girl who was raped in a high school bathroom is suing Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia for $30 million over accusations the school district failed to adequately investigate and that it attempted to cover up the sexual assault.
The Northern Virginia district garnered national attention after a father, Scott Smith, made allegations at a June 2021 school board meeting that it covered up his daughter’s sexual assault from May 28 of that year, when he alleges a biological boy wearing a skirt raped her in the girls’ bathroom at Stone Bridge High School. Smith said the district had attempted to cover up his daughter’s assault to push its controversial transgender bathroom policy, which faced parental protests at LCPS school board meetings that year.
The student accused of rape was charged after the May assault and barred by court order from returning to Stone Bridge. The attacker was then transferred by administrators to another school in the district, Broad Run High School, where the student sexually assaulted another girl in an empty classroom in October 2021. The attacker, who was 15 at the time, was convicted as a juvenile in both cases.
In the lawsuit, the family alleges that the district lied to the public to cover up the May assault because it was working to advance Policy 8040, which allows students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. The policy had not been implemented at the time of the assault.
The victim “struggled academically, emotionally and physically for the remainder of the school year” and “continues to struggle significantly,” the complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria reads.
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