Loudoun County School District Breaks Silence on Transgender Sexual Assault Case


Supporters of Critical Race Theory and transgender students meet outside the Loudoun County School Board headquarters before a school board meeting, in Ashburn, Va., June 22, 2021.
(Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

Loudoun County Public Schools responded Wednesday to a bombshell report that it covered up a sexual assault perpetrated by a “gender fluid” male student in the girls’ bathroom.

The victim’s father, Scott Smith, was arrested during a school board meeting in June before he could describe what had happened to his daughter. In a statement released Wednesday, the district claimed that the school board was ignorant of the details at the time of the meeting and only learned of the alleged rape through the Daily Wire’s recent report.

Moreover, the district wrote that it was obliged to defer the initial criminal investigation to local law enforcement, which received a report on May 28 when Smith says the assault occurred, before it conducted a probe of its own.

“To maintain the integrity of the criminal investigation, law enforcement requested that LCPS not interview students until their investigation is concluded. LCPS has cooperated and continues to cooperate with law enforcement,” the statement read.

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Also referenced was the formal Title IX grievance process, which LCPS insisted it must follow before disciplining any alleged perpetrator, although it clarified that it does “impose interim measures to protect the safety of students involved in the original incident, deter retaliation…”

According to a provision on the grievance process, “The burden of gathering evidence and burden of proof must remain on schools, not on the parties.”

While Smith claimed he was scheduled to speak at the June 22 meeting, to share his daughter’s testimony and oppose a policy on the district docket to force faculty to address students by their preferred gender pronouns, the statement said LCPS found no record that he was registered in advance to speak. The school superintendent dismissed criticisms of the policy during the meeting.

“If someone would have sat and listened for thirty seconds to what Scott had to say, they would have been mortified and heartbroken,” Scott’s attorney, Elizabeth Lancaster told the Daily Wire.

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