Fight for Schools Press Conference

A group of parents take part in a press conference held by the group Fight for Schools, held Oct. 14 outside the Loudoun County Public Schools Administrative Building in Ashburn. The group has called for the resignations of superintendent Scott Ziegler as well as members of the school board.

The family of a Loudoun County teenager who was allegedly assaulted by a fellow student on May 28 in a Stone Bridge High School bathroom will pursue civil action against Loudoun County Public Schools under the provisions of Title IX, according to the law firm representing them.

The student accused of perpetrating the May 28 assault also faces charges following an Oct. 6 sexual assault at Broad Run High School while he was awaiting adjudication in the earlier charges.

Further, the firm will represent the family’s father, who was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest during a June 22 School Board meeting.

“What happened to [the parents] and their daughter in Loudoun County is absolutely abhorrent and unacceptable,” said Bill Stanley, founder of The Stanley Law Group, in a prepared statement.

“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,” he said. “This is outrageous.”

The law group’s announcement comes as the Loudoun County Public Schools and Sheriff’s Office continue to face calls for transparency.

On Oct. 13, Loudoun County Public Schools responded to reports, first reported by the Daily Wire, for an alleged sexual assault at Ashburn’s Stone Bridge High School on May 28, which had not previously been made public.

LCPS said the sheriff’s office told the school division not to conduct their own investigation until LCSO’s investigation had concluded.

The response by LCPS came less than a week after a 15-year-old male student at Broad Run High School — also in Ashburn — was arrested and charged with sexual battery and abduction of another student on Oct. 6, according to a Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office incident report.

Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj (D) confirmed to the Times-Mirror that the suspect in both the May 28 assault and the Oct. 6 assault is the same 15-year-old boy.

He was freed on a supervised release program and outfitted with an electronic monitoring devise on July 27, according to Biberaj.

In the Oct. 6 incident, the suspect — who was not identified because he is a juvenile — allegedly forced a female victim into an empty classroom at the school, where he held her against her will and inappropriately touched her, the sheriff ’s office said.

The victim immediately notified a school resource officer, and as of Oct. 7, the suspect is being detained at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the sheriff ’s office.

Broad Run’s principal, David Spage, emailed a statement to the school’s community the following day acknowledging the Oct. 6 incident.

During a Oct. 15 press conference, Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler offered an apology to the families and students involved in the cases.

He also addressed how LCPS reports sexual harassment and assault in schools and said the school division has determined that Title IX laws directing how schools must investigate allegations are insufficient.

Stanley criticized Ziegler’s remarks and LCPS’ handling of the cases.

“Superintendent Ziegler’s continued insistence that somehow the schools and the administration are not at fault for their conduct that led to the horrific sexual assault of the [family’s] daughter strains credulity,” Stanley said.

“It is completely unacceptable and outrageous for Dr. Ziegler to blame the federal government’s Title IX protocols for the treatment of the [teenage victim] and the subsequent sexual assault of yet another LCPS student,” he said. “This demonstrates a cluelessness that explains the notoriety Loudoun County Public Schools have obtained over the last several months.”

“Loudoun County Public Schools is in this situation because it prioritized misguided policies of political correctness over student safety,” Stanley said. “What has ensued should serve as a cautionary tale for every public school system.”

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