Students Protest in Loudoun County Against Handling of Sexual Assaults

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In this representation  from video, Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler is seen during a schoolhouse  committee  gathering  successful  Ashburg, Va., connected  June 22, 2021. (The Epoch Times via LCPS)

In this representation from video, Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler is seen during a schoolhouse committee gathering successful Ashburg, Va., connected June 22, 2021. (The Epoch Times via LCPS)

Hundreds of students successful 1 of Virginia’s astir populous counties walked retired of schoolhouse connected Tuesday to protestation against the handling of intersexual assaults that took spot successful 2 antithetic schools successful the county.

Video footage and photographs showed students extracurricular aggregate schools, including Stone Bridge High School and Broad Run High School—the facilities wherever confirmed and alleged assaults took place.

The protests took spot conscionable a time aft a antheral 15-year-old pupil was convicted of raping a pistillate insignificant astatine Stone Bridge successful May. The aforesaid antheral is accused of sexually assaulting different miss astatine Broad Run successful October.

Loudoun County protects rapists,” students astatine Broad Run shouted.

“Why didn’t anybody archer us?” 1 said.

A flyer circulated earlier the walkouts encouraged radical to permission the buildings for 10 minutes “to amusement solidarity to victims of intersexual unit and request information successful our schools.”

Loudoun County Public Schools told media outlets that officials allowed the demonstrations. A spokesperson claimed the protestation was “not a student-generated one” but was organized by parents.

The territory has mostly deflected disapproval regarding the intersexual assaults, adjacent aft acknowledging it did not travel authorities instrumentality connected reporting earlier assaults.

Some successful the territory person called connected Superintendent Scott Ziegler to resign.

Ziegler, speechmaking a prepared connection to reporters successful mid-October, said helium was incorrect erstwhile helium alleged during a June schoolhouse committee gathering that nary assaults had taken spot successful bathrooms astatine schools successful the district.

The assertion happened during treatment connected a projected argumentation that later passed, which allows students who accidental they’re a enactment antithetic than their commencement enactment to usage assorted bathrooms.

Scott Smith, the begetter of the miss raped successful May, has said the antheral who carried retired the transgression took vantage of the permissive situation to participate the girls bathroom.

The lad was wearing a skirt, a justice heard connected Monday.

Ziegler has truthful acold refused to measurement down, though 1 of the schoolhouse committee members is leaving her spot adjacent month.

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including authorities and tribunal cases. He started astatine The Epoch Times arsenic a New York City metro reporter.