On May 28, father Scott Smith was called to his daughter’s Loudoun County, Virginia public high school after being informed his 15-year-old daughter had been sexually assaulted in the bathroom.
He arrived to discover his daughter had been sexually assaulted by a biological male, and the school would be handling the incident internally. When Smith demanded the school call the police and report the assault, they called the police on him for getting angry and causing a scene.
What happened next is a case study in the future of American education, student safety, and our nation’s culture as a whole.
A Father Is Punished for Trying To Get Justice for His Daughter
One of the most compelling stories in America this year is unfolding before our very eyes in Loudoun County, Virginia, where a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a girl's bathroom at her public high school in May by a boy allegedly wearing a skirt. One news outlet reported that “a boy was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy – one count of anal sodomy and one count of forcible fellatio – related to an incident that day at that school.” Incredibly, the same student has now committed another sexual assault after being transferred to another school within the same school district on October 6 – this time inside of a classroom.
A month after his daughter’s assault, Scott Smith and other parents confronted Loudoun County’s School Board at their public meeting over the district’s controversial transgender bathroom policies, which Smith believes contributed to his daughter’s assault. According to the district’s policies, restroom accommodations must be made for students who identify as transgender and teachers must also identify students by their preferred pronouns. Documents from the school district say students are allowed to use the bathroom that “corresponds to their consistently asserted gender identity,” and “school staff shall, at the request of a student or parent/legal guardian, when using a name or pronoun to address the student, use the name and pronoun that correspond to their consistently asserted gender identity.”
A 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in her high school bathroom by a boy allegedly wearing a skirt.
259 people, including Smith, were signed up for public comment regarding the policy at the June 22 Loudoun County School Board meeting. However, only 51 individuals could make their case to the board before the public comment section of the meeting was halted prematurely when board members voted unanimously to end the open forum entirely.
In the midst of the chaos, a left-wing community activist directly confronted Smith, saying she didn’t believe his daughter, leading to heated exchange between the two. A police officer grabbed Smith’s arm, which he yanked away, and almost instantly found himself in a new set of circumstances: ”hit in the face, handcuffed, and dragged across the floor, with his pants pulled down.” Smith has since been prosecuted by Buta Biberaj, prosecutor for Loudoun County, for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest – and she now seeks jail time as his punishment.
Of course, when pressed about the actions of the male student who has now repeatedly committed sexual assault at school against innocent teenage girls, Biberaj claimed there was no reason for the boy to remain in juvenile detention facilities. In her district, justice means jail time for a father protecting his child, while a boy determined to attack innocent female children is permitted to walk free.
The Superintendent Lied
Moments before Smith was arrested at the June 22 meeting, the superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), Scott Ziegler, spoke to those in attendance about their concerns over the transgender policy, identifying them as unfounded given the district had no record of any assaults taking place in a bathroom. During the meeting, he said, “To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.”
Superintendent Scott Ziegler said parents’ concerns over transgender policy were unfounded.
This week, however, a bombshell report has revealed Ziegler had, in fact, sent a confidential email to the LCPS School Board members the day Smith’s daughter was assaulted. The email was provided by the school system to media outlets, which included the following statement, “The purpose of this email is to provide you with information regarding an incident that occurred at Stone Bridge HS. This afternoon a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom. The LCSO is investigating the matter.”
Ziegler has since apologized for the LCPS’ reaction to the two separate sexual assaults this year, claiming he plans to improve the system moving forward, but his words offer little comfort to the two students assaulted or to their families, who continue to seek justice for their daughters.
Smith’s family has announced they plan to file a civil lawsuit against the school system, presumably to protect future students from the horror their daughter faced in May. Bill Stanley, the family’s attorney, shared, “As evidenced by subsequent events and revelations, Loudoun Public Schools have been failing the parents who entrusted them to provide a safe environment for their children every day. That trust has [been] irrevocably broken by Loudoun County Public Schools’ actions and inactions.”
What Happens When Political Image Is Placed above Children
Smith’s story and the truth coming to light with both of these assaults has captivated our attention and hearts for weeks, and for good reason. School has always been a place that parents could assume, at the bare minimum, their children would be safe from rape or sexual assault for a few hours each day without parental supervision. Now, supposedly “progressive” policies have created an environment in which a girl must fear using the restroom at her own school, knowing the possibility of being sexually assaulted or raped by a biological boy will always be present.
What’s even crazier, parents seem to no longer have the opportunity to speak up for their children’s safety or defend them against evil. Doing so will not only make you silenced by a school board, but may even land you in prison while your daughter’s rapist walks away without punishment.
Loudoun County is proving to be the perfect experiment for what happens when seemingly well-intentioned policies go wrong. Rather than acknowledging their shortcomings, however, LCPS leadership seems to be defending these policies even more fiercely.
Parents seem to no longer have the opportunity to speak up for their own children’s safety.
Scott Ziegler’s full knowledge and subsequent public denial of an innocent girl being sexually assaulted in her school’s bathroom tells you everything you need to know about the priorities of many school board members and district superintendents in America today – they’re not interested in protecting the physical safety of your children. They are laser-focused on protecting the political image of their school board members. They demonstrate such flagrant disregard for student safety that they feel empowered to lie to parents and the public about sexual assaults occurring on school property in the first place.
Policies allowing for or even encouraging biological boys to use girls’ bathrooms at school aren’t isolated to Loudoun County, Virginia – they’re being implemented nationwide at the district level and even are enforced at the federal level by the Department of Education. In fact, the National Center for Transgender Equality says that the Department of Education has promised to enforce Title IX in a way that requires all public schools to “treat transgender students according to their gender identity, including by making sure that transgender students have access to restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.”
If our society is truly committed to advancing equality for women, it starts with protecting biological girls. At the most foundational level, that includes shielding them from biological boys who commit heinous acts of sexual assault against them in the bathroom and giving parents a platform to speak up in defense of their children. We can no longer idly sit by and passively permit this dangerous and direct attack on the next generation of women.
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