Uncovered Email Confirms Loudoun County School Superintendent Knew Of Assault On Day One

Gabriel Hays | October 22, 2021
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Less than two weeks after The Daily Wire published their bombshell report alleging that Loudoun County Public School officials had known about the sexual assault of a female student by a male student wearing a dress and kept it secret, an email was uncovered that confirms those allegations.

WTOP News reported on October 21 that on the day of the disturbing assault of an LCPS female the school district’s superintendent Scott Ziegler sent out a “brief, confidential email to school board members” alerting them of the incident that happened in the Stone Bridge High School “restroom.”

Ziegler’s May 28 email to the LCPS Board members, obtained by WTOP through a FOIA request, reads, “The purpose of this email is to provide you with information regarding an incident that occurred at Stone Bridge HS. This afternoon a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom”

In the memo Ziegler also confirmed that the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was “investigating the matter.” 

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The email appears to contradict earlier statements from the superintendent denying that he knew the incident occurred. When asked by a parent at a LCPS school board meeting in June whether there had been any assaults of students in the schools’ restrooms, Ziegler denied any knowledge of it.

At the time he stated, “To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.”

After Daily Wire’s exposé, Ziegler was compelled to respond to the assault allegations and essentially admitted on October 16 that they had happened. In a statement, Ziegler apologized for the pain the victims, their families, and the community at large sustained at the hands of the assaulter and the “insufficient” way LCPS handled the cases. 

In the statement, Ziegler also explained why he flat out denied the sexual assaults that happened during that June meeting. He claimed his remarks were the result of a miscommunication. WTOP explained his perspective, that he “wrongly interpreted the question as incidents involving transgender and gender-fluid students.”

But from this “smoking gun” email, as activist group Fight For Schools called it, Ziegler knew of the sexual assault the day it happened, and whether he really misunderstood a question, or claimed he misunderstood a question to lessen the fallout from his failure, he and the school board never alerted the public as they should have.

It’s been nearly six months since the incident, and only now are they acknowledging it. 

Media Research Center President and Founder Brent Bozell slammed the school for this coverup, tweeting:

What’s more is that, according to The Daily Wire’s reporting, LCPS seems to have broken Virginia law for not alerting the public of the assaults. Last week the outlet reported, “state law actually require[s]s statistics on assaults and other incidents in schools to be reported to the public, in the form of annually updated statistics.”

LCPS failed to record any sexual assaults for the 2020-2021 school year. Ziegler’s email confirms they broke the law.