Trailside Middle School

Trailside Middle School in Ashburn

In response to a lawsuit filed by a 14-year-old Loudoun County student and her mother against a Trailside Middle math teacher and other school officials, the accused math teacher has filed a counterclaim seeking damages against the mother and daughter.

The response states that the defendant denies all allegations made against him and has countersued the alleged juvenile victim and her mother for $1.35 million. 

The original lawsuit was filed in late May in the Eastern District of Virginia. It accuses Loudoun County Public Schools officials of covering up and mishandling an alleged rape in a classroom at Trailside during the 2017-18 school year.

The plaintiffs are seeking more than $10 million in damages against the teacher. LCPS has been sued for $3 million for suspending the victim and threatening to do it again, according to local parent Brian Davison, who is assisting the student and her mother in the case. The juvenile student is identified as Jane Doe in the suit.

On July 12, Loudoun County Public Schools Public Information Officer Wayde Byard declined to comment on the lawsuit, noting it is a “pending legal matter.”

In June, Byard confirmed the teacher was still working for Loudoun County Public Schools and was not on leave. The school system released a statement saying the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation in coordination with the Department of Family Services. According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, after a complete investigation and after gathering all facts, evidence and statements, the Loudoun commonwealth’s attorney’s office declined charges in the case.

Loudoun County Public Schools also says it investigated the allegations and determined they were unfounded, according to Byard.

The defendant's counterclaim states that the allegations were “maliciously made for the purpose of harming the counter-plaintiff by inflicting damage to his reputation, his employment status and causing him severe emotional distress.”

It goes on to state: “Not only did multiple students and LCPS personnel provide contradictory statements and information from that alleged by the Counter-Defendants, direct proof presented by Counter Plaintiff and LCPS as to falseness of Counter-Defendants’ allegations was demonstrated by review of Counter-Plaintiff’s work and leave schedules, substitute teacher schedules, classroom locations, and school hall video for dates and times during which Jane Doe claimed certain events occurred, all of which clearly demonstrated that the actions alleged by the Counter-Defendants could not have occurred as claimed.”

Additionally, Linda Bell-Cardoff with the Loudoun Department of Family Services filed a separate motion to dismiss their claim based on the court's jurisdiction and failure to state any claim for which relief should be granted. Bell-Cardoff is the DFS employee who led the investigation into the alleged assault by the teacher at Trailside. A hearing for the motion is scheduled for Aug. 2. 

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Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that the counterclaim has been filed by the accused teacher and not Loudoun County Public Schools.

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(36) comments

amerigirl

Virginia sgp, Why do you insist on calling Romano Romeo? That is just spiteful and snarky. I also question your point #3, where did you get your information? I can find nothing federal or state that says you need to provide family records. I found just the opposite. There are many laws that protect the student records. In Virginia, only students and their parents (or guardian) have access to school records, unless the parent or guardian consents to a release. The only exception was per student, not family, which allows schools to disclose educational records, without consent, to individuals who have obtained court orders or subpoenas, and State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific. These do not apply to family records

Virginia SGP

I was saying that 3 different statutes require gov't agencies to provide records to an individual. (1) FERPA gives a student or their guardian to get any educational record about the student. When records contain multiple students (a video of a fight), the school may try to block out the other student but they must give the requester's parent the record of their child. Same goes for statements made about their child. This wasn't followed. (2) FOIA can be issued by anyone about anybody but there are exemptions when 3rd parties request educational records of others. There are no such exemptions when a student/parent asks for records about their child. This was not followed. (3) DCDPA or 2.2-3806 is invoked only by the data subject regarding gov't records of him/her. There are virtually no exemptions for this statute yet LCPS did not provide any of the requested records. Finally, under recently enacted Virginia law, a gov't body must give the requester the record even if 90% of it is blocked out. LCPS wouldn't even give redacted records. I guess they assumes the family would go to the kangaroo courts of Loudoun County where they could get a biased judge to ignore the law. That ain't gonna happen. The requested records were about the student. LCPS has the records. They won't provide them. Likewise, despite CPS having a whole chapter about records releases under DCDPA, they redacted 90% of the provided recorded by claiming it was a "discretionary" release where they could redact anything they wanted. Their court pleading doesn't even reference DCDPA despite it being mentioned in the complaint and CPS own manual. These officials simply believe laws don't apply to them. What do they have to hide if they supposedly conducted a "thorough" and impartial investigation?

AndrewHoya

So the LCSO, LCPS, and the Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney all investigated and/or decided the evidence didnt support the accusation, and now Davison is "assisting the student". I have no inside knowledge of this one way or the other, and I want to give a child accuser a big benefit of the doubt, but thats 4 big hurdles to overcome. Davison's support is just piling on my desire to believe the accused is innocent until proven guilty at this point.

loudouner1999

There's a difference between the authorities declining to prosecute and someone not being guilty. And I also think you can't look too carefully at what LCPS did or didnt do with the teacher . I think people should keep an open mind either way - after reading the suit, there are definitely things that need to be questioned. I hope we'll get more information as the civil suit proceeds. If the teacher is innocent, this is going to follow him for the rest of his life and deserves exoneration. If the teacher is guilty (and he would be guilty if ANYTHING inappropriate happened because the power dynamic is inherently inbalanced) then he should be prosecuted and not allowed around minors.

romano

Both Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and LCPS investigated and both found the charges were without merit. So why is everyone on this thread so quick to believe the kid when no one who actually investigated it does? Sounds like another "me too" bogus cash hunt.

Virginia SGP

Hey Romeo, were all those women who Bill Cosby assaulted throughout the years just in it for the money by bringing false claims? How many of those were believed? He was a "nice guy", right. Couldn't have been him. Nobody saw it, right? Riddle me this. If the family was in it for the money, why did they wait 10 months AFTER the investigation was completed to file a civil claim? Why did they ask multiple politicians to help them re-open the criminal investigation? How did the girl find out all that personal information about the teacher? Are you comfortable with a 13-yr-old having that relationship with a 20-something-yr-old teacher in a locked classroom at school? I'll wait for your reply.

romano

The very simple answer - although you seemed to miss it - is because all of those things help them in a civil case.Bottom line...police said no evidence....school said no evidence. Why would they do that? Are they in a conspiracy together? Doesn't pass the smell test. Think SGP, think...

More Cowbell

What time of day? before school? after school? So the teacher locked her in the classroom and she didn't scream? I still find it hard to believe the locked classroom, too many teachers, students. Sounds more like she liked him, he said no to her advances.

Virginia SGP

So let me get this straight Romeo. 1. The family hopes that the police will secure a conviction under the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard even though supposedly nothing happened? And then, and only then, the family would pursue a case for money under the lower "preponderance of the evidence" standard for their own gain? Really? 2. I gather you are ok with a male teacher telling a 13-yr-old girl about his mother's cancer, his father's affairs, missing his mother's funeral, and asking her whether she was a virgin in a locked classroom. I guess you have different standards. 3. I guess you are ok with LCPS refusing to provide the family records as required by Virginia and federal law? 4. I guess you are ok with LCPS suspending students for emailing teachers about an assault that happened to them? What this shows is that no matter what LCPS does, their apologists (namely teachers/administrators/board members who want massive pay raises and no accountability whatsoever) will overlook anything LCPS does. That's why we have courts I guess.

AndrewHoya

For me, my main takeaway is more like: "What this shows is that no matter what LCPS does, their critics (namely Davison) will sue LCPS even when numerous investigations by multiple parties seem to indicate there's no evidence. Unfortunately, some extraordinarily litigious people feel that we have courts so that they can fill them up with their personal vendettas.

romano

again, no evidence, SGP. Does that even matter to you?

Virginia SGP

Romeo & Andrew Hoya, put aside the rape for 1 sec. What is your response as to the suspension? LCPS is NOT being sued for the rape. They have offered no defense against the suspension other than they can suspend anybody for any reason despite it being unconstitutional. On the actual claims against LCPS, are you defending them? And what about the records? A claim against LCPS for refusing to comply with FOIA and DCDA (and FERPA although not the basis of this complaint) is included. Are you cool with LCPS ignoring disclosure laws for rape victim families? As to the rape (just against the teacher not LCPS), how about we bet on how this turns out. If the girl was raped, will you call for the removal of all senior LCPS staff and the detective?

romano

I don't know much about the suspension and frankly, couldn't care less. My understanding is that she was suspended because she emailed staff warning them about the teacher. If that's true, absent any evidence it happened, then she should be expelled from LCPS, not suspended. This whole thing stinks of phony charges. Ultimately, you didn't address my last comment...are the school and the sheriff's office in cahoots? Are they conspiring against this student? Is everyone in on the conspiracy? If so, why?

Virginia SGP

Romeo, let's go slow. The sheriff's department (like the FBI) doesn't say whether an incident happened or not. They, along with a prosecutor, decide whether they can bring charges and prove beyond a reasonable doubt. They did not. In no universe does that mean it didn't happen and every one of their manuals (including CPS') makes that point. The only org saying it didn't happen is LCPS. Testimony IS EVIDENCE. There is evidence that it happened but I am not going to share their case on here. But there is no evidence that it didn't happen yet LCPS suspended her. I know that doesn't trouble you (suspend any rape victim who can't provide video evidence of their rape, right?) but it will shock the public to know that unless a student can PROVE to LCPS they were a victim they can never speak out their assault even when outside school grounds. I know that makes you so proud of LCPS, right?

romano

Sounds like you want to be a lawyer SGP, that might help since they'll teach you about evidence in law school. To those of us in the real world, police bring charges when there is evidence. You can dance around that all you want. Police never say "it didn't happen"....they just file charges if there is evidence. They didn't. In the real world, case closed. You continue to dodge my question....are the police and the LCPS system in cahoots to conspire against this accuser? If so, why?

AndrewHoya

If there is evidence of a crime, and there is evidence that all these LCPS and LCSO officials knew of it and decided not to pursue it, then yeah, those people shouldn't be in those positions. If there is not evidence of a crime (as it seems highly likely), will you consider that you've been blinded by your personal vendetta against LCPS, consider that you've taken your highly litigious nature too far, and cut it out?

Virginia SGP

AndrewHoya, I think we are in agreement here. If the teacher didn't commit the assaults (regardless of the evidence), he deserves an apology and assistance with rehabilitating his reputation. If the teacher did commit the assaults, then the police and prosecutor are not derelict. They simply did not believe they could obtain a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt (for reasons that will come out later, the actions of the detective involved should bar him from ever investigating such a crime again but nobody can make that determination now). How much evidence exists that points either way is a separate matter. This is how defendants with long rap sheets get convicted with circumstantial evidence for a specific crime they might not have committed. And how he said-she said crimes are often very difficult to prove. (I voted to acquit a similar situation of a he said-she said holdup because there was at least some doubt but I am pretty sure it happened.) Let's review. (1) The family contacted me in January 2019 with a credible story. One obviously wants to verify things but they were not interested in a civil suit, only ways to get the criminal case reopened so nothing happened until LCPS doubled down and suspended the victim in March 2019. (2) We assisted her with writing an LCPS appeal letter and I convinced her to at least investigate a civil claim with an attorney so she could get access to the witnesses and evidence for an unbiased review. (3) We spent 2 months verifying the claims and evidence. We tried to get the so-called interviews and tapes from LCPS but they wouldn't provide anything (thus claims against LCPS). Even still, as all men are terrified of unjustified allegations like these, I sent an email to the teacher offering to pay for a lie detector and medical exam. I don't want to be part of any action that unfairly criticized an innocent person. He refused both. (4) The case was filed on May 24. For 4 months while the verification occurred, you didn't hear any unjustified accusations from me until the case was filed. LCPS and CPS won't even give the family the investigations about their own daughter, required by 2 separate Virginia statutes. They just say "trust us", it couldn't have happened. (5) I do not fault LCPS for not firing the teacher. LCPS actually cannot know what exactly happened. Thus, LCPS has no claims against it whatsoever for the actual rape in the suit. Nor are there any claims for "botching" an investigation. The legal claims against LCPS are simple: (a) they didn't provide the records required and ignored 2 laws on that (b) they punished a rape survivor who dared to speak out. Had LCPS not done those 2 things, I would not be criticizing them. If anything, LCPS needs to be sued more to end their retaliation and to force them to comply with SpEd laws, not less. As for Romeo, police believe suspects committed crimes ALL THE TIME and do not prosecute. You are woefully ignorant if you think failing to press charges means somebody didn't violate the law. No charges means the suspect may have committed the act but for purposes of law enforcement, they are assumed innocent. LCPS officials, including the principal and certain senior officials, are absolutely in cahoots to protect the reputation of their school. Even if just a bad apple, Beichler doesn't want it to be known that a rapist worked at her school for years. Parents would be incensed and lose all trust in her. Same goes for Williams, etc. Juries in criminal cases convict when they are absolutely sure. I have voted to acquit when I thought there was an 80-90%+ chance the defendant was guilty. There is no way such an acquittal or lack of charges means it didn't happen. Civil courts exist to obtain justice when juries are 75% sure it happened. I guess you didn't cover that fact in civics class... did you attend LCPS by chance?

romano

I'll grant you one thing, SGP, you are very impressive at continuing to dodge questions. I'll ask for the FOURTH TIME....are the police and LCPS in cahoots to conspire against this accuser? Please don't regurgitate your claim that LCPS officials are in cahoots internally...I asked you if the police and the school system are in cahoots with each other. Both said no evidence...are they conspiring against this accuser and her Mom? If yes, why? Absent evidence, or even logic, you just sound like a whacked out conspiracy theorist. Please help us see you as something other than that.

Virginia SGP

Romeo, please read slowly. The sheriff's office has NEVER said no evidence supported the allegations of the victim. Please show me where you get that info? It doesn't exist in any public record. All the detective said is they didn't bring charges (see article above). What that means is they couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt. It was ONLY LCPS that said the rape didn't happen. If the detective wants to go on the record, let him do so. But I am saying (1) LCPS is in cahoots to blame the victim because they have NO definitive proof either way but suspended the victim for refusing to be silenced and (2) the sheriff's office did not believe the evidence could obtain a conviction in a criminal proceeding (would you want the sheriff to bring charges against you when they couldn't get a conviction?). As will be presented at trial, the detective botched his investigation (those are not my words but other experts in the field in Loudoun that have not been made public). This was told to the mother directly. But from my understanding, I am not sure a prosecutor could ever prove this happened or didn't happen 100%. Such is the nature of incidents when there is no 3rd party witness, video camera, etc. But it is not uncommon. Domestic murders often occur this way where a body is found but no weapon and no direct physical evidence or witness. I am very confident the family will prevail in front of an unbiased jury. Finally, riddle me this. If the sheriff's office believed it absolutely didn't happen and can prove that, why aren't they bringing criminal charges against the family? For lying to an officer? For a false police report? Does the sheriff's office let people make knowingly false reports and go scott free? Is the sheriff's office "in cahoots" with the family to allow them to destroy this teacher's life? See how ridiculously ignorant your question sounds?

romano

SGP, your well documented thirst for playing a make-believe lawyer and animosity towards LCPS is presenting us with another teachable moment. You would do well to watch the recordings of the recent Mueller hearings. Had you done so, you would have learned that it is not the job of law enforcement to officially exonerate anyone, so any official statement by police exonerating the teacher would never happen. Once police have concluded an investigation, the decision not to bring charges signals to all reasonable people that police believe it didn’t happen. They’ll never say that, but it is generally understood by those of us not pretending to play lawyers. If there was any evidence at all, the investigation would be ongoing, which, to my knowledge, it is not. They are finished investigating and have made a determination that there is nothing there. Your comment that “LCPS doesn’t have definitive proof either way” isn’t going to help your law school application. You can’t prove a negative, SGP. Accuser: “You raped me!” Accused: “No I didn’t”. Accuser: “Prove it!”. Doesn’t work that way SGP. The accused is presumed innocent and the burden of proof resides with the accuser. Reasonable people without litigious natures and histories of supporting frivolous causes understand that accusations without evidence are to be dismissed, as was done here by the police and LCPS. We know you have a serious case of LCPS Derangement Syndrome, but time to let it go, SGP. Serenity now.

LoudounPulse

Sounds like the teacher is looking for an early retirement package so they can buy a home in Middleburg and have it staffed with Butlers and Maids.

Virginia SGP

It is VERY important for students and families reading this to take away the correct message. Regardless of how many LCPS officials try to shame a student who simply reports an LCPS employee for assaulting them, there are folks in the community who will help you. There are numerous folks that care deeply and will stop at nothing to help you get justice. As a community, there are folks working to replace these LCPS officials who try to publicly out and retaliate against students who simply try to warn others about dangerous LCPS staff. Are we there yet? No. Is the current school board complicit in the retaliation against a victim for simply telling investigators about her ordeal? Yes. But most of the candidates running for the school board have no intention of continuing down the same path of putting the LCPS reputation above the interests of students. Most are appalled at this conduct. And no matter how many administrators try to resist new school board supervision, the voters and the school board can change the direction of the LCPS ship this fall. So students, don't feel like you cannot report such serious assaults else you be suspended, outed/shamed publicly and sued for defamation. The folks defending this 13-yr-old victim and any other victims who come forward are infinitely more capable than the LCPS officials and their attorneys who aim to attack you. This will not last long. This brave victim is protecting the safety of so many others who were to be exposed to the rapist teacher. If you are in a similar situation, I hope you will report the misconduct as soon as possible for your own sake and that of others.

Chris McHale

SGP - what I take away is the based in the amount of embarrassing arrests of LCPS personnel lately I can't see why LCPS would protect this teacher unless he was actually innocent. I also take away that LCSO did and investigation and both agencies found nothing to support the claims. I take away that a Judge issued a restraining order against the mother which tells me that her actions were questionable. However, despite all of that the teacher is still being dragged through the mud by you and this family. I agree with the other if he is guilty he should never teach again and should be in jail. If he is innocent (note I said innocent and not Not Guilty] the girl and her mom should be charged.

Virginia SGP

Fair questions. And let's be honest. Neither side has tangible, undeniable physical evidence that something did or didn't happen. There were no cameras in the room nor witnesses when the assault actually happened (the complaint does have details about witnesses surrounding those events or when more minor events happened). LCPS doesn't have camera footage of the halls on the days when the incidents happened (they like to lead you to believe that but they don't. The detective told the mother that much). So if I were a bystander, I may actually have to take a wait-and-see approach. The family approached me (and thus I expedited setting up LOGO to help these exact cases) to see how they could get a more thorough criminal investigation. It took a long time to convince them the only way to have a true investigation was to pursue a civil case with discovery. It was only when the principal continued her retaliation by suspending the daughter for emailing a warning sent from off-campus (clearly unconstitutional suspension) that they sought a civil case. And they have never asked for $$ or even discussed the amount. They would swap this suit for a trusted criminal investigation at any time. Do you have any other ideas on how they can get a criminal case re-opened by a new officer (or agency like the state police) and a thorough impartial investigation performed? But answer me the following. I think these should at least lead you to keep an open mind if not be suspicious of LCPS. 1. The family was barely updated on the investigation and then the files were completely withheld from them. That's illegal by LCPS and CPS at the very least. The detective wouldn't even give the girl a list of substitutes and their pictures to see if she recognized any of them. They just said your specific date 6 weeks ago isn't a perfect match so you must be lying. 2. The victim eventually recalled seeing identifying beauty marks in his genitalia region. She shared that with her therapist and her mother who both passed them along to authorities to re-open the investigation. While this prompted CPS to reassign a new investigator and conduct a 2-hr forensics (taped) interview, the sheriff's deputy refused to even reopen the investigation at that point. CPS can't issue warrants for medical exams so they were stuck. The detective never asked for a medical exam of the teacher to verify the existence of the marks. 3. LCPS is not being sued for the rape at all. LCPS is being sued for retaliating against the student. In some ways, that answers your question right there. LCPS has virtually no legal liability for the rape (bad apples). But they do have an interest in suppressing bad news (other teachers have been let go over misconduct but YOU NEVER KNEW because they weren't arrested. Despite what some believe, LCPS never informs the public about their deviant teachers unless/until law enforcement gets involved. There are many more the public is unaware of.) In this case, as sad as it may be, the principal (Beicher) is protecting her and the school's reputation. There are LCPS personnel that believe the victim. Are you saying they are in on this "shakedown"? 4. There was NO restraining order against the mother. It was filed by the teacher but the judge laughed and threw it out as frivolous. When LCPS puts in their reply that the mother supposedly "threatened" the school and its personnel, remember a judge looked at that allegation and deemed IT frivolous. Ask yourself why LCPS is repeating that adjudicated (to be false) assertion in their answer? Btw, the detective advised the mother AGAINST filing a restraining order for the victim early in the process. Who does that? Detective Orr's actions will be front and center very soon. There is other evidence that would demonstrate LCPS is not threatened by this mother at all. And that the assault happened. But I cannot share that mainly for their privacy. I am sure you can understand but it will come out in court. Serial pedophiles don't rape the popular kid with 2 plugged-in parents (networked in community) in the middle of a class. They look for victims who are on the margins of society. Victims who won't be believed. Whose families won't pose any threat to the school. I'm sure LCPS thought the family couldn't afford to sue, or if they did, they could just financially exhaust the family. That is exactly why LOGO was created. Read the complaint. There are lots of details. The scientific method is the process of testing a falsifiable hypothesis. Not one of faith but one that can be tested. The complaint is a falsifiable hypothesis. If those facts are true (and many can be tested), then what do you believe happened? If they are false, then another conclusion results. I didn't help this family based on hearing a story one day. It took over 2 months of verifying and testing the facts before this was filed. You didn't hear me talk about this case before May 2019. But not having seen that info, I wouldn't blame anyone for taking a wait and see attitude. But wouldn't you admit that the mere possibility of it being true should result in the teacher being transferred to a school away from the family (no penalty there) and him being monitored? If you found out he was alone with kids in locked classrooms AFTER this investigation occurred, what would you think? Would you fault LCPS? Might you think they are just trying to cover their behind?

More Cowbell

I agree. Law enforcement investigated. Why aren't they suing law enforcement? If he's guilty, lock him up forever, if not, both mom and daughter should be locked up.

Chris McHale

SPG - I have to be honest. I'm not wasting that much time to read your response. We'll what the end developments are.

Virginia SGP

A few corrections. 1. There are multiple defendants in this case. Teacher (being sued for rape). LCPS (being sued for refusing to provide documents per FOIA & DCDA to plaintiff and for illegally suspending the victim for speaking out about rape), and the Loudoun CPS (again for refusing to comply with FOIA and DCDA over document requests). 2. Only the teacher filed the counterclaim. LCPS just denied its responsibility without explaining why it failed to comply with FOIA, DCDA or 1st Amendment protections. 3. Loudoun CPS ("Linda Bell" in her official capacity) filed a motion to dismiss without any explanation for why they failed to provide the document under DCDA. The CPS guide even has a chapter on DCDA. But for some inexplicable reason, the attorney representing Loudoun CPS attorney didn't cite DCDA or any reason it refused to comply a single time in their motion. It is frivolous and malpractice. Additionally, they submitted affidavits in a motion to defense that are specifically not allowed (I prevailed against the Loudoun BOS/Randall on this one in federal court). Total sloppy job by Defendants. 4. The "evidence" LCPS has does NOT include video of the dates when the attacks occurred. LCPS only had video for some dates but not the ones in question. Their grandstanding is only that. Total nonsense. I will post more on this later but am waiting for a hearing later this week. The public will be shocked by LCPS sickening conduct toward this family.

Qwertyuiop

So what you’re saying is that you don’t have all the information, but you know how it all went down?

amerigirl

If the kid and mom are just money grabbers and cons I hope they get hit with the fine. Opportunist ruining other peoples lives are disgustingly low.

Virginia SGP

amerigirl, the family did not want to sue civilly. They only wanted accountability for the teacher. But given the higher standards of evidence for criminal prosecution, coupled with the fact that the family was basically excluded from the investigation and making sure all rocks were overturned, they have no other way to ensure a full and fair process. Thus, they are left with a civil suit to force a full investigation (via the family's own investigation and access to records LCPS/CPS/LCSO refuses to turn over). The damages requested are only to establish accountability. If LCPS doesn't cover for the teacher (doesn't extend its personal liability insurance to the teacher and lets him get his own attorney), then LCPS has no financial liability for the rape. Let me repeat. LCPS is not being sued for the rape, only the teacher is. Because LCPS is protecting the teacher as one of its fine staff, their insurance policy would pay out any damages ordered from the teacher. So had LCPS not defended the teacher, the taxpayer would not be on the hook for a dime because of the rape. The family has never asked for any financial damages. Not once. However, if no damages were requested, once the family wins, most taxpayers would say "oh well, it's too bad LCPS did that to the poor girl. Now let me return my attention to my own life.". With a $10M hit, taxpayers are going to say WTH is LCPS doing wasting our tax $$ defending a pedophile and demand changes at the top of LCPS. That is why civil damages are important in this and all cases. It's a very similar situation to the family who lost their child via suicide because the high school counselor didn't inform his parents of his ideation (and the counselor had been at the center of another suicide just 3 months earlier). That family is only seeking accountability and answers, not a payout.

Qwertyuiop

Agreed. I’ll add that if the teacher is guilty, lock him up and throw away the key.

LoudounSucks

Countersuit! Because LCPS needs ALL the money.

Chris McHale

The countersuit was filed by the teacher.

CindyLou

hmmmmm, the old "you sue me, I sue you" trick. Let's all hope and pray a child was not sexually abused right?

LIfetimeLoudouner

She is a girl/woman so in this day and age she must be believed. Throw the teacher in jail immediately - no need for a trial since she said it happened it must be the truth.

amerigirl

So you make fun of women who report they have been sexually abused? That's why so many women don't report it, people like you who think they all lie or asked for it. Just be glad it's not your wife or daughter,

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