Probe Launched Into Bathroom Assaults At School

( It was reported last week that a grand jury has been convened to look into whether Loudoun County Virginia school officials covered up the sexual assault of a student in a school restroom in 2021.

“Loudoun Now” reporter Hayley Milon Bour tweeted last Tuesday that multiple sources had confirmed that a grand jury has been convened to investigate the Loudoun County School Board’s handling of the incident involving a boy in a skirt who sexually assaulted a ninth-grade student in the girl’s bathroom at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn.

Bour included a statement from the Loudon County Public Schools which confirmed that a special grand jury was convened in response to an executive order from Governor Glenn Youngkin.

In January, Governor Youngkin authorized the Virginia Attorney General to “initiate and coordinate investigative and prosecutorial efforts” to protect citizens and “hold accountable” anyone who has violated the law or “violated the rights of victims of crime” in connection with the sexual assault.

The LCPS said it was cooperating with the grand jury’s “lawful requests” while “protecting the privacy rights of our students.”

The district said in its statement that it had taken steps to prevent such incidents from happening again, including expanding its Title IX office by hiring a full-time coordinator and additional staff and expanding its Office of Division Counsel to ensure staff is in legal compliance.

Last week, Scott Smith, the father of the rape victim said in a statement that he hopes the grand jury doesn’t just investigate the school board’s involvement. Smith said the grand jury should also look into the actions of the prosecuting attorney, the sheriff’s department, and the Loudoun County board of supervisors.

Smith also said Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler should lose his job for covering up this daughter’s sexual assault.

Governor Youngkin also proposed an amendment to Virginia law that would, if ratified by the legislature, place all Loudoun County School Board members on this year’s ballot. The current board was elected in 2019 to serve four years terms expiring in 2023. However, under Youngkin’s proposal, their terms would be staggered, with some board members serving only two years instead of four.