Parents in Loudoun County are gearing up for a doubtlessly explosive faculty board assembly on Tuesday, every week after a bombshell e-mail confirmed that Superintendent Scott Ziegler had notified the varsity board about an alleged sexual assault in a women’ restroom a couple of month earlier than he publicly declared that he had no report of toilet assaults. Tuesday additionally marks the primary faculty board assembly since VirginiaRepublicangubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin known as for the resignations of Ziegler and the varsity board.

The e-mail “simply confirms what we know, which is we had administrators at a school board who have been covering this up,” Youngkin instructed Fox News on Saturday. “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.”

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He referenced allegations that Ziegler and the varsity board coated up, whereas the board was contemplating a controversial transgender rule, the report {that a} male pupil in a skirt allegedly assaulted a feminine pupil in a women’ toilet. Prosecutors confirmed that the identical younger man who stands accused in that May incident additionally stands accused of sexual assault in an October incident in one other faculty.

A Loudoun County mom enters a school board meeting with a sign reading "Fire Ziegler."

A Loudoun County mother enters a faculty board assembly with an indication studying “Fire Ziegler.”
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After the primary incident on May 28, Ziegler despatched an e-mail to the varsity board, saying, “This afternoon a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom.” At a faculty board assembly on June 22, Ziegler declared that “the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist,” and that to his data, “We don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.”

On October 15, Ziegler apologized for these remarks, saying that he “wrongly interpreted” a query “about discipline incidents in bathrooms.” He mentioned that he interpreted the query wrongly as a result of he was “viewing the question in light of” the controversy across the transgender coverage, 8040. 

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“I regret that my comments were misleading and I apologize for the distress that error caused families,” he mentioned.

The faculty district has denied allegations of a cover-up.

Wayne Byard, a spokesman for Loudoun County Public Schools, instructed Fox News on Monday that the varsity district reported the alleged assault on May 28 to the sheriff’s workplace instantly. Byard famous that the superintendent notified the varsity board of the alleged assault on May 28, however as a result of “the nature of the incident was still under investigation,” the report “could not be released to the general public” on the time. The October 6 incident “was reported to the Sheriff’s Office immediately,” as properly. 

October 26, 2021 

October 26, 2021 

“In the current politically charged atmosphere, a lot of claims and demands have been made. The focus of the superintendent and School Board remains the education of Loudoun County’s 81,000 students,” Byard added.

Parents insist that the varsity board did cowl up the alleged assault, nonetheless. 

“People are upset because Loudoun County covered up that they knew about sexual assaults and the question is, what else do we not know about?” Brandon Michon, a involved father of three in Loudoun County who has spoken up at college board conferences up to now, instructed Fox News on Sunday night time. 

At the final faculty board assembly on October 12, about 60 involved mother and father spoke, lots of them calling for the resignations of Ziegler and the board. The e-mail launched final week will possible heighten their issues.

Protesters and activists hold signs as they stand outside a Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) board meeting in Ashburn, Virginia on October 12, 2021. 

Protesters and activists maintain indicators as they stand exterior a Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) board assembly in Ashburn, Virginia on October 12, 2021. 
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Earlier on Tuesday, roughly 75 college students walked out of Broad Run High School, protesting the best way that Zeigler and the board dealt with the difficulty. Students at different faculties reportedly deliberate walk-outs as properly. 

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Education has develop into a pivotal situation within the governor’s race, partially resulting from dad or mum protests in Loudoun County and close by Fairfax County. In a September debate, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe mentioned, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” McAuliffe has accused Youngkin of taking the quote out of context, however Youngkin’s marketing campaign launched an advert displaying McAuliffe standing by the assertion.

The faculty board didn’t reply to Fox News’ request for remark by press time.