Loudoun County Public Schools Faces $30 Million Lawsuit Over Allegations of Sexual Assault Cover-Up

Scott Smith alleges Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia failed to investigate his daughter's claims and tried to cover up the sexual assault.

In a case that has sparked national debate and local outrage, the family of a teenage girl who was sexually assaulted in a high school bathroom has filed a $30 million lawsuit against Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) in Virginia.

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The lawsuit alleges that the school district failed to investigate the incident properly and attempted to conceal the assault from the public.

The incident occurred in May 2021 at Stone Bridge High School, where the victim was assaulted by a 15-year-old male student in the girls’ bathroom.

The assailant, who was wearing a skirt at the time, was later convicted as a juvenile for this crime and another subsequent assault that occurred in October 2021 at Broad Run High School.

The victim’s father, Scott Smith, asserts that his daughter has faced substantial academic, emotional, and physical struggles since the assault. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, details the family’s grievances and the aftermath of the traumatic event.

The case has become a focal point in the nationwide debate over transgender students’ rights and school policies, particularly regarding bathroom access, sports participation, and preferred names and pronouns.

Protests have erupted at LCPS board meetings, reflecting the community’s divided stance.

The controversy deepened when it was revealed that the attacker and the victim had agreed to meet in the bathroom before the May assault, according to a Loudoun County grand jury investigation.

The report also accused LCPS Superintendent Scott Ziegler of misleading the public about the incident during a school board meeting in June 2021. The school board later dismissed Ziegler, who was facing a trial on a misdemeanor charge of false publication.

The grand jury’s report further criticized school administrators and lawyers for obstructing its investigation.

It highlighted that school board members referred to the assailant’s attire as a kilt, not a skirt, during the first attack, suggesting a coordinated effort by the school system’s legal team to shape the narrative of the events.

Dan Adams, a spokesperson for LCPS, stated that the school system does not comment on pending legal matters.

Meanwhile, the community remains embroiled in discussions about school safety, students’ rights, and the transparency of school officials as they await further developments in the lawsuit and the ongoing policy debates within the school district.

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