Loudoun County Public Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools is located in Virginia, right outside of the Washington D.C. district line. The district has 83,936 students and roughly 5,700 teachers.
Loudoun County Public Schools announced that they will be requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for all high school student-athletes.
LCPS has come under intense scrutiny in June 2021 and October 2021 for the arrest of Scott Smith, a father in Loudon County who was found guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The reason for the arrest is where the real story lies. Smith was arrested after he told the Loudon County School Board about a sexual assault that occurred against his daughter. A boy wearing a skirt entered the girls bathroom and sexually assaulted his daughter, and was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy, one count of anal sodomy, and one count of forcible fellatio. Minutes before Smith’s arrest at the June 22 board meeting, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent Scott 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.” Smith said that he flew into a rage at the meeting after Ziegler’s comments, and after a local progressive activist said she did not believe his daughter’s story. On Aug. 11, nearly two months after Smith’s arrest, the school board voted to approve its transgender rights policy, which requires teachers to call students by the pronouns they identify with and requires bathroom renovations in order to make them more private.
Smith said he received a letter before the vote informing him he was banned from the school board building. Then on Oct. 6, the sheriff’s office said a 15-year-old boy was charged with sexual battery and abduction of a fellow student at Broad Run High School in Ashburn. In an Oct. 7 press release, the sheriff’s office said the suspect forced a female victim into an empty classroom where he held her against her will and inappropriately touched her. The outlet, citing a government official, reported that the boy accused in the Broad Run case had the same name as the student who allegedly assaulted Smith’s daughter. You can read the story in its entirety here.
Community members initiated an effort to recall six of the nine members of the Loudoun County Public Schools school board in Virginia in May, 2021. All six recalled members are supported by the Loudoun County Democratic Committee. Recall supporters allege that the district was using Critical Race Theory in its employee training and student curriculum, which they opposed. The district has continued to deny its use of Critical Race Theory, but the quest for reaching a signature quota still persists to date (July 2021.) Several parent groups in the district have worked tirelessly to share their concerns with the school board; attending board meetings for months now. They are facing backlash from radical parent groups and faculty for being “racist.” On top of this, the Loudoun County Public Schools district has initiated division-level reviews of two high school-level books after parents decried the respective texts’ inclusion of sexual and violent content.
Updated – October 13, 2021