‘The Parents of Loudoun County Are Not Going To Back Down’: School Officials Face Charges

Jessica Kramer | December 14, 2022
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A week ago the Loudon County School Board finally decided to fire Superintendent Scott Zielger amid the release of the Loudon County Special Grand Jury report.

Ian Prior, Executive Director of Fight for Schools discussed the issue with MRCTV as he stood outside the Loudon County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

“I'm here in front of the Loudoun County Circuit Court, where today there will be a court hearing on the indictments that were unsealed by the Loudoun County special grand jury yesterday,” Prior Said.

“That includes three misdemeanor counts against former superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools, Scott Ziegler, and one felony perjury count against current Loudoun County Public Schools spokesperson Wayde Byard.

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This is all following the unsealing of the special grand jury report last week that showed egregious and reckless behavior and cover ups from the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration with respect to two sexual assaults that occurred last year.  Allegations remain regarding gross neglect of duty from the Loudoun County School Board that has completely failed in its oversight responsibilities.

There will be a Loudoun County School board meeting tonight at 4:00 where the lawyer who, you know, the grand jury seemed to want to indict but did not have a witness tampering statute available, will actually be the one leading the conversation on how to implement the grand jury recommendations. So there will be a lot of people in attendance.

At this point, it looks like it's going to be more of the same. But, you know, the parents of Loudoun County are not going to back down.”


The 91-page grand jury report found that Loudoun officials were generally incompetent in responding to the assaults and that former superintendent Scott Ziegler lied when asked whether he knew about the first assault at a board meeting in June. The report also recommended several changes to school policy, including releasing more information to the public.

A judge set bond at $1,000 for Ziegler and Byard on Tuesday evening.

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