The furious parents of a 15-year-old high schooler are suing Loudon County in Virginia after their daughter was allegedly raped by a ‘skirt-wearing male student’ in a ‘gender fluid’ school bathroom.
Jess and Scott Smith allege that the district attempted to cover up the alleged assault. They claim that Superintendent Scott Ziegler alleged there was no record of the May 28 incident at Stonebridge High School in Leesburg, Virginia, despite Loudoun County Sheriff’s office conducting a two-month long investigation into the allegations.
On June 22, Scott Smith was filmed exploding with anger about the assault at a school board meeting, and was later convicted over the disturbance. He only revealed the alleged sex attack that had sparked his fury earlier this week.
The alleged attacker, who has not been named, but is also 15 years-old, is further accused of carrying out another attack at Broad Run High School in Loudoun County on October 6, and is now in custody. Ziegler claims he wasn’t aware of the attack at the time of the meeting that saw Scott Smith arrested.
The Smiths are suing under the provisions of Title IX of the United States’ federal civil rights law — which prohibits sex-based discrimination in educational institutions.
‘The sexual assault our daughter endured should never happen to any young girl, or any child, attending a public school,’ the Smiths said in a press release about the suit that was obtained by Fox News.
Their lawyer, Brian Stanley, said his firm intends to ‘protect the interests of their daughter at every turn’ and ‘will pursue federal Title IX actions against the local government and all officials who are responsible for allowing this harm’ to come to the girl.
Scott Smith was arrested at a Loudoun County school board meeting on June 22 after his daughter, 15, was allegedly attacked by a boy in a dress
Scoot (left) and Jess Smith (right) are suing Loudon County under the provisions of Title X after their 15-year-old daughter was allegedly raped by a ‘skirt-wearing male student’ in a ‘gender fluid’ restroom at Stone Bridge High School in Leesburg, Virginia on May 28
‘What happened to Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their daughter in Loudoun County is absolutely abhorrent and unacceptable,’ Stanley said. ‘It is a nightmare no family should have to endure, yet it has happened twice in Loudoun Schools in the same year by the same perpetrator. This is outrageous.’
The lawsuit comes after Smiths demanded the resignation of Loudoun County Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler for what they say was a cover-up of the incident. They say they are not anti-gay, but do not approve of ‘transgender kids’ stuff’.
Loudoun County is home to one of the United States’ wokest school boards, and has shot to notoriety this year as parents clash with board members over topics including critical race theory and gender identity.
Scott Smith’s lawyers also plan to fight the ‘wrongful and unconstitutional’ charges filed against him after he was arrested and found guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at a June school board meeting where he confronted Ziegler.
The Smiths also allege an attempted cover-up, saying that Superintendent Scott Ziegler claimed ‘we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms’ even though the sheriff’s Office was investigating the allegations (Pictured: Stone Bridge High School)
On June 22 — four weeks after the Smiths’ daughter told teachers she was raped in the girls’ bathrooms at Stone Bridge High School — Ziegler, who earns $295,000 as the school superintendent, told a crowded school board meeting: ‘To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.’
He then went further, calling it a debunked theory that a transgender person is more likely to sexually assault a cisgender (non-trans) person and that the ‘predatory trans person does not exist’.
‘I think it’s important to keep our perspective on this, we’ve heard it several times tonight from our public speakers but the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist,’ he said.
However, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office confirmed to Fox News this week that they had conducted a two-month investigation into the alleged sexual assault at the school.
‘We can confirm a May 28, 2021 case that involved a thorough 2-month-long investigation that was conducted to determine the facts of the case prior to arrest,’ the sheriff’s office reportedly said.
‘This case is still pending court proceedings. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is not able to provide any documents that pertain to a pending case.’
The male student, who was allowed into the bathroom because he told staff he identified as female, was arrested in July, a month after Smith’s outburst at the school board meeting.
The boy allegedly went on to allegedly sexually assault another girl, at a different school, Broad Run High School, on October 6. Broad Run is also part of Loudoun County. Further details on the circumstances of that assault, including why he was at a different school, have not been made clear.
He is now in juvenile detention awaiting a court appearance on all charges, which include sexual battery and forcible sodomy.
The Smiths have also demanded a resignation from Ziegler, shown on June 22, telling a school board meeting that there had been no reports of sexual assaults involving transgender kids in bathrooms when one was reported on May 28
On Tuesday, furious parents and one 14-year-old student attended a meeting where they called for Ziegler’s resignation.
‘This is not China, this is the United States of America, and we will not be silenced.
‘Remove the superintendent immediately and then resign for your negligence and duplicity. End this nightmare!’ one mother fumed, according to videos obtained by Fox News.
‘Your moral compasses are busted! You, Dr. Ziegler, and our school board – every one of you – are complicit in these crimes against our children because you did nothing about it, nothing.
‘What is worse than a child being raped at school? The coverup by those who are trusted with the safety and well-being of children.
‘Today, Scott Ziegler must resign for the unconscionable act of allowing an alleged rapist back into school to rape again, and for that coverup,’ said another.
‘I am 14 years old, the fact that I have to be here defending my rights to not have your radical agenda shoved down my throat in school is not only concerning, it’s upsetting.
‘My peers and I are not tools to further your political agenda,’ said Katie Young, the 14-year-old student.
‘We warned you about policies that you were putting into place that would be a danger to our students, and we’ve seen that happen.
Parents on Tuesday called for Ziegler’s resignation at a school board meeting. More than 60 irate parents and one student attended the meeting
14-year-old Katie Young also spoke at the meeting. She said: ‘I am 14 years old, the fact that I have to be here defending my rights to not have your radical agenda shoved down my throat in school is not only concerning, it’s upsetting.’
Ziegler took the job in Loudoun County in January after working in HR for years. He is paid $295,000 a year
‘When is enough enough? When are you going to change the policies to keep our children safe?’ a father said.
His alleged behavior is exactly the type that parents said they were worried about at the June 22 meeting. They argued against the proposed rule that all kids could choose what bathroom to use.
‘Criminal investigations of Timothy Flynn, Scott Ziegler, and Brenda Sheridan seem warranted for covering up the anal rape of a 9th grader and intimidating the victim’s father,’ tweeted one person.
A spokesman for the school board told DailyMail.com on Wednesday morning that he was unaware of the allegations – even though the school reported them to police – because the police were still investigating.
They would not comment on whether or not he plans to resign, nor would the school board comment on the incidents.
‘Members of the Loudoun County School Board were not aware of the specific details of this incident until it was reported in media outlets earlier this week.
‘We are unable to locate any records that indicate that Scott Smith had registered in advance to speak at the June 22, 2021 board meeting,’ the spokesman said, citing privacy laws as reason for not giving more details.
The rape allegations were first revealed on Tuesday by The Daily Wire. Loudoun County’s Sheriff’s Office later corroborated them with DailyMail.com.
Smith told The Daily Wire that his daughter was raped on May 28 but that the school did nothing, choosing instead to handle it ‘internally’.
The woke school board has been pushing a liberal agenda throughout the year, to the horror of many of the parents and teachers in the community.
The school didn’t tell the police what had happened to the girl, but they reported Smith to the authorities for making a scene.
Smith was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after the June 22 meeting where Ziegler allegedly lied. He said he was trying to contain himself after listening to school board staff say they’d never had a report of a sexual assault in a bathroom, when that is what his daughter reported weeks earlier
He and his daughter then went to the cops themselves.
At the June 22 meeting, Smith said he wanted to tell the room of angry parents and teachers that Ziegler was lying, and that the very type of assault they said they feared had happened to his daughter.
Before he could, he was taken out of the room by sheriff’s deputies.
The 48-year-old plumber was ridiculed on social media afterwards and was painted by the left to be a deranged, right-wing bigot.
‘It has been so hard to keep my mouth shut and wait this out. It has been the most powerless thing I’ve ever been through,’ he said in his interview with The Daily Wire.
Smith says he couldn’t contain himself after watching Loudoun County staff lie about never receiving a report of an incident in a bathroom. Board chair Brenda Sheridan is pictured
He appeared on The Ingraham Angle on Fox News on Tuesday to explain that he spoke out after learning the same boy had been arrested again for allegedly assaulting a different girl.
‘Within half an hour, it was confirmed that yes, this did happen. I basically said that’s it. I won’t stay quiet anymore.’
A spokesman for Ziegler told Fox yesterday that ‘as soon as’ the incident happened in May, police were notified and the school is ‘cooperating’.
Smith says the school ‘washed its hands of it’.
The school board has not yet responded to the demands for Ziegler to resign, or for his deputies to resign.
He assumed the role of superintendent in June this year after informally taking over in January following the resignation of Eric Williams.
Williams left the area to go and work in Houston, Texas, as tensions in Loudoun County reached boiling point.
The liberal school board embraced Ziegler, a former teacher and chaplain who only started working in the county in 2019.
Williams never released an explanation for his departure.
Smith and his wife say their legal costs are mounting with the combined cases. A GoFundMe page that was set up to help them has raised more than $17,000.