A newly disclosed e-mail despatched by the superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools alerting college board members of an alleged sexual assault on college grounds contradicts what he later mentioned publicly about there being no file of such an incident.
Superintendent Scott Ziegler, who now claims his public assertion was made after misinterpreting a query, despatched the e-mail on May 28, saying the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Northern Virginia was investigating an alleged sexual assault at Stone Bridge High School.
“The purpose of this email is to provide you with information regarding an incident that occurred at Stone Bridge HS,” Ziegler said in the email obtained by WTOP News . “This afternoon a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom. The LCSO is investigating the matter.”
But a month later, on June 22, when he addressed an unruly college board assembly over claims of a feminine scholar getting raped by one other scholar within the lady’s restroom, he mentioned, “We don’t have any file of assaults occurring in our restrooms.”
In October, the Daily Wire printed a report during which a father of a scholar at Stone Bridge mentioned his daughter was raped by a boy allegedly sporting a skirt within the women’ bathroom on May 28. Another incident allegedly occurred within the same college district on Oct. 6, when a feminine scholar at Broad Run High School in Ashburn was allegedly compelled right into a classroom and inappropriately touched by the same scholar from the May 28 incident.
A 15-year-old male from Ashburn has been charged in each crimes, Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj instructed WTOP. He is being held on the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.
In the following fallout, mother and father demanded Ziegler’s resignation of superintendent at a Oct. 12 Loudoun County college board assembly , accusing him of allegedly overseeing cover-ups of two sexual assaults occurring on college grounds.
Ziegler issued an apology on Oct. 15 for the varsity system’s response to latest sexual assaults on college grounds, saying members of the varsity board “acknowledge and share your pain.” He mentioned he would suggest adjustments “to make sure college self-discipline and prison investigations can occur concurrently.”
John Beatty, a Loudoun County college board member, mentioned the disclosure of Ziegler’s May 28 e-mail shows the varsity wants an investigation. Beatty, who mentioned he was talking on his personal behalf, mentioned he didn’t recall receiving the e-mail.
Ziegler’s response on June 22 was “incredibly concerning,” Beatty mentioned on WMAL .
“I’m always trying to give people the benefit of the doubt, so I think it’s important that we get all the facts just so we can have justice for the students and for the employees and not make any rash decisions,” Beatty mentioned. “But it is incredibly concerning to hear that and now everything else coming to light.”
Ziegler apologized for the feedback he made in the course of the June 22 assembly, saying he misinterpreted the query, believing it was solely about transgender college students.
“I regret that my comments were misleading and I apologize for the distress there that caused families,” he mentioned. “I should have asked board member [Beth] Barts clarifying questions to get to the root of her question rather than assuming what she meant I will do better in the future.”
The Virginia Department of Education is investigating the discrepancies in LCPS studies.
“During the past week, Loudoun County Public Schools has received a number of questions from community members regarding if, and when, the School Board was made aware of the alleged sexual assault that occurred May 28 at Stone Bridge High School,” LCPS mentioned in a press release reported by ABC 7.
“Board members are regularly informed about major incidents that happen in our schools. In this case, the superintendent sent an email message to the board on Friday, May 28, 2021,” the assertion added. ” … In the message, board members were informed in a general fashion that an alleged incident took place and that the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was conducting an investigation of the incident. As LCPS has stated, the School Board was not provided specific details or the names of those involved, and were advised by Dr. Ziegler that they would not receive updates regarding this matter, as it was being investigated by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The School Board had not been provided any specific information regarding this matter from LCPS staff prior to the June 22, 2021 meeting or at any point thereafter until the recent news reports were published.”
Loudoun County Public Schools subsequent college board assembly is scheduled for Oct. 26.