More Loundon County drama, apparently.
By Peter R Quinones
Look, you all know that I am very susceptible to getting emotional, especially when children are involved. But here goes. The backstory to this and how it started is crucial. It wasn’t even news until, Scott Smith, the father of a 15-year-old female student was arrested at a school board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia, and subsequently became the face of “domestic terrorists” showing up at school board meetings nationwide. He was there because the board was discussing what their policy was to be on locker-room and bathroom use for “transgender” and “non-binary” students. Why was he arrested? He claimed the school board was covering up the fact that his daughter was raped in a school restroom by a fellow student, a biological male identifying as a “gender-fluid” (name and age withheld).
Here’s a less emotional explanation of what is known so far:
As it turns out, Smith’s issue with the proposed policy was much more personal — on May 28th, his daughter was allegedly violently sexually assaulted in one of the women’s bathrooms on campus by a student that identified as gender-fluid and was dressed in a skirt. The male student, whose name has not been released, was transferred to another school in the district where he has been accused of assaulting another female student. Smith’s anger at the meeting stemmed from school superintendent Scott Ziegler stating “To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms”, and another attendee at the meeting accusing his daughter of lying about her assault.
Worth noting here — the basic facts of this story have been confirmed by subsequent reporting from other news outlets, so I don’t doubt that the story itself is true. A male student was charged with one count of anal sodomy and one count of forcible fellatio related to an incident that took place on May 28th but juvenile records are sealed, so while we don’t have official confirmation we have good circumstantial evidence that the male student has been charged. In addition, the Wire reports that Smith’s daughter was taken to the hospital and a rape kit administered, with the results coming back “favorable for the prosecution.”
A recent update on the case is at the bottom of the linked article: