Conservative Loudoun County parents clash with Democratic activist

10/15/2021 8:30:00 AM

Conservative Loudoun County parents clash with Democratic activist

Conservative Loudoun County parents clash with Democratic activist

A Loudoun County Democratic activist clashed with conservative parents at a Thursday press conference held by the group Fight for Schools.

As Prior detailed a series of allegations against LCPS and called for the superintendent to resign – and for the Department of Justice to start a Title IX investigation into the school district – the woman stood off behind the cameras without significantly disrupting the proceedings. 

There was little interaction between the woman and the activists until near the end of the press conference when a back-and-forth began. "I'm saying that they deserve an investigation, and that this shouldn't be a witch hunt. You don't know what the facts are. No one does," she said as Prior and some of the parents attempted to shout over her. 

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  The back-and-forth happened at a Fight for Schools event led by GOP activist Ian Prior, which was attended by about two dozen other people. The event was held in front of the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) administrative building. The allegations of a transgender bathroom assault take place against a backdrop of protests against by parents across Virginia against what they say are politically motivated policies of school administrators, including policies accommodating transgender students. As Prior detailed a series of allegations against LCPS and called for the superintendent to resign – and for the Department of Justice to start a Title IX investigation into the school district – the woman stood off behind the cameras without significantly disrupting the proceedings. He accused the school of attempting to hide the attack so they could continue to push the school's Policy 8040 , which was passed in August to allow students to use their name and gender pronouns, as well as locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond to their"consistently asserted gender identity.  But throughout the event, she repeatedly interrupted Prior by shouting questions or interjections like,"Why would you assume that?"  LOUDOUN COUNTY PARENTS HAMMER SCHOOL BOARD, JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AS CONTROVERSIES CASCADE There was little interaction between the woman and the activists until near the end of the press conference when a back-and-forth began. In Loudoun County, the unnamed 15-year-old teen was accused last week of assault for allegedly forcing a victim into an empty classroom at Broad Run High School.  "You're here to defend this?" Prior said after the woman, who said she was with the Loudoun Committee Democratic Committee, interrupted him. Pete Beach.

  "Yes," she replied, to which some of the activists shot back,"You are disgusting," before the woman clarified her purpose. At the time, the student was already under electronic monitoring by police due to being charged with sexually assaulting a young girl in a bathroom in an Ashburn high school in May, Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Buta Biberaj told WTOP. The sheriff's office said they did not publicly reveal details about the arrest as"the suspect and victim were familiar with each other, the investigation was complex, and a public announcement had the potential to identify a juvenile victim.  "I'm saying that they deserve an investigation, and that this shouldn't be a witch hunt. You don't know what the facts are. Youngkin, who is challenging Democratic incumbent Terry McAuliffe in the November gubernatorial race, released a TV ad on Wednesday which positioned his campaign as supporting angry parents who have protested the school's policies at recent board meetings. No one does," she said as Prior and some of the parents attempted to shout over her. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office did issue a press release detailing the arrest of the suspect the following day, stating the now 15-year-old is accused of forcing the victim into an empty classroom, holding her against her will, and inappropriately touching her.  "None of you know what the facts are," she added. His ad claims that"the. It is being challenged in court and conflicts with a Biden administration order that companies with more than 100 employees require their workers to be vaccinated or face weekly testing.

"This is a witch hunt."  LCPS said in a statement Wednesday that it reported the assault allegations to the Loudoun County Sherriff when the alleged incident happened and is not involving itself in the process"until law enforcement advises LCPS that it has completed the criminal investigation." During a heated Loudoun County school board meeting on Tuesday, a number of parents demanded that superintendent Scott Ziegler resign over the attacks and questioned why the student accused of the assault at Stone Bridge High School was sent to Broad Run High School." The statement also mentioned that"members of the Loudoun County School Board were not aware of the specific details of this incident until it was reported in media outlets earlier this week." The Loudoun County School Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Thursday.  The Loudoun County sheriff's office previously told Fox News,"We can confirm a May 28, 2021 case that involved a thorough 2-month-long investigation that was conducted to determine the facts of the case prior to arrest. "LCPS is prohibited from disciplining any student without following the Title IX grievance process, which includes investigating complaints of sexual harassment and sexual assault," the statement said. Loranne Ausley.

This case is still pending court proceedings. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is not able to provide any documents that pertain to a pending case." The sheriff's office also confirmed that the case involved sexual assault."The board may be obligated to consider long-term suspensions or expulsions and must ensure that students have not been deprived of due process.  MCCONNELL SLAMS GARLAND FOR SCHOOL BOARD MEMO, SAYS PARENTS PROTESTS ARE ‘DEMOCRACY, NOT INTIMIDATION’ The woman who interrupted the meeting clarified to Fox News after the event that while she is a member of the LCDC, she was at the event in her personal capacity. In a subsequent interview with Fox News, the woman said that she attended the event to see what the Fight for Schools activists"had to say, you know how much was fact and how much was assumption. The decision to fine Leon County comes a day after the Orlando Sentinel reported the state of Florida is investigating dozens of local governments, performing arts centers, the Miami Marlins, a law enforcement counter-terrorism unit and a concert by singer Harry Styles for suspected violations of the law.

"  "And there was a lot of assumptions being made which is what we feared is that, you know, we don't have the facts yet because the police report's not available… You're actually threatening the investigation by making this kind of circus around it," the woman said. - Loudoun county school board meetings have become tense recently with parents clashing with board members over transgender issues, the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Covid-19 mandates.  Scott Smith, a Louduon County Public Schools parent who alleges that his daughter was sexually assaulted at school, appears on Fox News. (FOX) The LCDC itself, meanwhile, attacked Fight for Schools as"disgraceful" in a statement to Fox News. The party said the group is seeking only to use the situation for its own political gain.  "For far too long Fight For Schools has been using our children as political props, campaigning with Republican insurrectionists like Dave LaRock and seeking to defund our public schools," LCDC Chair Lissa Savaglio said..

"It is disgraceful that they would seek to weaponize an event before we, as a community, have a comprehensive view of the facts. It is clear that rather than respect the victims and the legal process, they are intent on creating fear and division for their own political gain." LCPS for months has been at the center of charged political debate on a variety of issues, including critical race theory (CRT). Activists Thursday also attacked the school district on that topic and pushed back against a memo from Attorney General Merrick Garland asking the FBI to investigate alleged threats against school boards.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Prior said threats and violence are not acceptable, but that the attorney general needs"to do a better job specifying which incidents and what kind of conduct that they are talking about. Related.

Because by framing it as harassment and intimidation it is a chilling, unconstitutional memo." "What is intimidation? Is that raising your voice at a school board meeting? What is harassment? Is that having a press conference right outside of the school building? I don't know. You'd have to ask them," Prior also said.  Fox News' Tara Prindiville and Kelly Laco contributed to this report.  Tyler Olson covers politics for FoxNews.

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