Madison's Trust Elementary School

Madison's Trust Elementary School

A group of people who referred to themselves as members of the Black Panther Party entered Madison's Trust Elementary School in Brambleton Friday, saying they wanted to speak with administration regarding recent race-related incidents. 

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the school around 10 a.m. A school employee called 911 regarding subjects who were “possibly being disorderly inside the office of the school,” according to the LCSO.

The incident came a week after the Times-Mirror broke a story about a physical education lesson at Madison's Trust that saw students acting as slaves escaping through the Underground Railroad.

School officials reported that the group entered the school’s vestibule by following a parent and student who were cleared by staff to enter the school through the electronic door access. The group reportedly continued into the office, some of whom showed IDs and asked to speak with a school administrator to discuss how recent events in the news surrounding the school were being addressed.

The group was told by a school administrator he could not discuss personnel matters, after which the group left the office with some members shouting, “No justice, no peace," according to authorities.

Upon arrival, deputies found the situation to be calm and observed a group of six people uniformly dressed in all black exiting the school. Authorities say they were compliant with the responding deputies, and one of the members self-identified the group as members of a Black Panther Party.

No threats were made toward the school or staff during the protest, according to the sheriff's office.

As a precaution, authorities say an LCSO school resource officer remained on campus for the rest of the school day.

No charges are expected to be filed stemming from the incident.

Sheriff's office spokesman Kraig Troxell told the Times-Mirror the situation did not meet the elements of trespassing or disorderly conduct to bring charges.

Law enforcement officials say that in light of the breach they are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the group entering the school and will work with school administrators and security staff regarding access to schools to identify any potential areas of concern, including strict visitor controls.

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One member of the Black Panthers group took videos of March 1 incident at Madison's Trust. Watch below:

(70) comments

amerigirl

tolerantleft you said “Read the police report, they tailgated their way into the school”. Here is what the police actually said

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the group that went to the school on Friday wanted to discuss how the matter was being addressed.
When the school administrator declined to discuss the incident, the group left the office, loudly saying “no justice, no peace” on their way out.
Deputies who responded to the scene described it as “calm.”
They say six people in black could be seen leaving the building.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the group was compliant with the deputies at the scene.
The Sheriff’s Office believes the group was participating in a protest – with one member describing the group as “Black Panthers.”
The Sheriff’s Office says no one threatened the staff or students.

amerigirl

Scottva, first off the group you are talking about , the new black panthers, are not at all affiliated with the original black panthers. If you watch the video you will see that their facebook page is “The Original Black Panthers Of VA”. You should not try to portray a group as a different group that promotes violence. there is no white guilt, it is out of fairness. You can’t condemn people for a peaceful protest regardless of their facebook page. Do you know how many white nationalist groups there are in Virginia? Act for America, the largest anti-muslim group in the US has a headquarters in Leesburg, Alt-Right, Alexanderia.( you should check out their ”age of rage” facebook), others in the area include Unite the Right, American Renaissance in Oakton, Red Ice, Identity Dixie, If a few of their members went into a school and asked to speak to an administrator do you think the cops would have been called?

heyyousleaze

So let me get this straight: LCPS will not ban adults (who don't have kids at the school) piggyback into their buildings without authorization and try to intimidate staff members...but they WILL ban parents of special education children who advocate 'too strongly' for their children's rights. Got it. Maybe we need a Black Panther party for special ed kids too.

amerigirl

How do you know that not one of them had a child in the school? Where was the intimidation? I never was banned for advocating for my special ed kid, at times they wanted witnesses to the meetings because I advocated so strongly, but banned, nope.

tolerantleft

Read the police report, they tailgated their way into the school, at least one carried at staff and chanted when they were expelled. Their FB page confirms this.

chrisnich

I'm surprised more has not been made of the pugil sticks the self-proclaimed militants were carrying. Other media sources charitably described them as "canes." But none of the Panthers appeared infirmed, and if true, that's the biggest cane I've ever seen. The sticks, combined with the militant uniforms, the refusal to observe proper procedures when entering, and screaming "No justice; No peace!" are not indicative of wanting to talk. They are indicative of wanting to intimidate.

DavidJ

Did they say they were militants? Why are you lying about back people?

scottva

DavidJ - Are you serious with your question? Go visit the New Black Panthers website and their Virginia Facebook page and you will find images of military style tactical training, images all over with them holding guns (20+ of 75 images on their website are with guns/shooting/training as well as some at the very top of their Facebook page). While you're at it, read their mission statement/charter, it's all centered around a revolution and intimidation (their words not mine).

Let me be clear, the Black Panthers do not encompass all blacks, just like the KKK doesn't encompass all whites. These people were self admitted Black Panthers and right from the jump that separates them from the vast majority of black people BECAUSE the Black Panthers ARE a self described militant group.

Do yourself a favor, before you reply back to me and call me a racist or some other vile crap, take the 5 minutes and look at their website and Facebook page. Frankly, if you decide not to spend 5 minutes educating yourself, your opinions will be meaningless because you'll be writing from a fictional mindset.

amerigirl

It seems to be a habit with himbecause he also keeps saying they are part of the New Black Panther party which they are not they belong to "The Original Black Panthers Of VA”. Quite a difference from the militants he refers to. The Original Black Panthers Of VA are guilty of things like giving school supplies to kids, giving food and clothing to those in need, creating music and tutorials, Theu also wished a happy birthday to friend Ellen DeGeneres.. When they do protest it's against hate and injustice. You can check them out on Pains Nation.

amerigirl

david, don't look over the website scottva suggested, it is not for this group. It is for militants and this group is community oriented.

tolerantleft

Anyone should be able to discuss the incident with the school. However, there are appropriate ways to make your voices heard. You "schedule" a meeting, don't tailgate, and certainly don't carry a large stick.

amerigirl

I believe in the video they were informed of that and left.

CindyLou

scottva…. So sad you rely on FB for your so called facts and information. What's comical is that they got in a school and left peaceful and respectful and you and others just can't get over that. Hysterical.

tolerantleft

The story clearly stated they tailgated, translation, trespassing.

"I'm sorry I had to fight in the middle of your Black Panther party" Forrest Gump

amerigirl

watch the video.

amerigirl

They followed a parent, now that equates to trespassing?

tolerantleft

Uh, yes. But then again the open borders crowd should be upset that there are any locks at all on the building.

Virginia SGP

Obviously, administrators treat folks differently based on the perceived political ramifications of their actions. Let's consider what the alleged facts allow:

1. The individuals failed to follow procedures about entering schools during active hours. These are posted outside the schools. On that alone, they could be banned from future visits during school hours when the general public was not allowed in (public performances).

2. The individuals raised their voices in the office with students present thus disrupting the "tranquility" of the school. They could be banned from the school during active hours when the public had not been invited in.

Obviously, had this been the KKK or some other disfavored group like a MAGA group, they would be issued a no-trespass order (the KKK has no business whatsoever at these schools either). These Black Panthers are welcome to voice their opinions at school board meetings or on public (forum) grounds (sidewalks or LCPS social media pages). They are welcome to ask the principal for a discussion ahead of time or even to attend events where the public has been invited in (they could wear clothing symbols against racism for example). But this type of behavior should not be allowed.

amerigirl

I watched the video, didn't see a posting outside the school. It could be there but it is on the door already open I doubt they saw it. Yes, they raised their voices, like that has never been done by a parent. There is no "Obviously", that is your opinion.
When this type of thing happens the first time anyone should be given the benefit of the doubt, if it happens again it's on them. They explained why they were there about their concerns for black children and how it might affect them now and later. They did ask who they needed to talk to, stating that they understood they had to go above the school level and the principal gave them the information. They were not belligerent with the people at the school or with law enforcement, just the opposite, they seemed pretty respectful.
Why is it that all the republicans that post on these sites always say something like 'well if it were the KKK/MAGA etc. it would have been different? Every situation is different and needs to be dealt with in response to how it takes place.

Lawman

They should not be allowed into the school no doubt about that. But make it about that and not about Black Panthers which is hilarious because if you ask any Black person about Black Panthers they will say white people killed them off in the 1960’s and 70’s. If they are around they are on Social Security.

Loudoun4Trump

regardless of race, you canr show up at a school if you don't have a kid there a=or are trying to enroll a kid into the school....no other reason to show up to intimidate or "get in their face" as Obama would say. They could make their statements at the school board meetings, can ask for permission to speak at PTO, letter to the editor would work and Im sure many other avenues to express their disgust ( and rightly so)….they don't have a right to make the rules and demand people to get fired and wont leave until it is done....doesn't work that way, that's when the police get called....

amerigirl

did you watch the video? Nobody get in anybody's face. There was no intimidation, you really need to watch it.

DavidJ

Trying to make black people look worse then they are to justify their racial bias is their go to move...

mturnerva

The group barged in past parents and children. Everyone entering schools are supposed to show ids and get admission. These were people who just barged in and yes, did go in beliigerently from first hand accounts demanding people be fired. It was not friendly. It was not collaborative. It was not confrontational.

The school system had a meeting at Madison Trust and invited parents. The P.E. teachers were not allowed to talk by the administration. P.E> teachers came prepared with binders of documents that showed the lesson plans that were approved by over 10 people IN THE BUILDING, incuding higher ups. Eventually someone shouted to let the teachers talk. The lesson plans included stations where students would go learn and view items about the underground railroad, about other things related to the topic. It is so funny how this is being reported, talked about, and discussed. Right now people are being thrown under the bus

amerigirl

What barging? That is not what the article said or what the video shows. It sounds like you are making things up to stoke the fire. Unless you have proof you shouldn't say anything.

DavidJ

mturn, if you are trying to justify the racist BS that these teachers pulled that is fine. We get it wink wink. Don't go lying about black people tho because that is some racist BS.

amerigirl

No one said they barged in or pass anyone, and they did show their ID’s in the office. All the firsthand accounts I’ve seen say they were polite and respectful. I think you are just going after them because of their name, just as the idiot that called 911 did. Their organization is just not like that. They contribute to the community in many different ways from donating food, clothing and school supplies, to creating educational material. The staff there didn’t seem afraid in the video, nor did the principal who gave them the info they needed and shook the main guys hand. Even the cops said they didn’t know why they were called. The only people who should get any kind of rise from us are the ones who approved of the material that the PE teachers used in the first place, and the PE teachers should get some empathy.

More Cowbell

Sheriff's office dropped the ball big time. They trespassed, no reason for them to be inside school. We're they searched for any weapons? Of course not. This shows Loudoun schools aren't safe.

amerigirl

So everyone who enters a school behind someone else should be searched for guns? That is truly absurd. The police said they did not trespass, and you know better? These guys walked in behind someone else, who may have even held the door open for them, went to the office to check in, showed ID, were denied access to administration so they left, and you think they should have been illegally searched?

More Cowbell

The police were wrong, they now know they were wrong too.... It's been escalated to Intel. Once on school ground anyone can be searched, especially going inside. Curious which side you'd be on if they left and came back with guns, seeing how easy it was for them to gain entry.... Race shouldn't matter but they were given a pass.

amerigirl

Cowbell. Escalated to intel? Yeah right. According to Virginia School Search Resourse Guide, mandated by the VA assembly '22.1-277.01:2 there are requirements that have to be met even to search a student. Show me where there is a law that would allow a visitor to be searched. If anyone brought a gun to the school that is a whole other ball game. But in the video, there was no threatening of any kind.

More Cowbell

They weren't students. How little you know. You and LTM can downplay however with all terrorists threats/school shootings or are you in denial???

scottva

There really is a special kind of stupid with some of these posts. Forget that they were black. (6) adults dressed up in all black, approached a school, tailgated their way into the school and demanded to speak to the admin/principal and they did not have a student that attended the school. If someone was walking into a bank being trailed by (6) adults dressed in all black, something smells funny. This is not normal everyday behavior.

Their entrance into the school should never have happened like it it did. However it did happen, therefore the school should have gone into an immediate lockdown until the situation could be better understood. I don't care if the adults were white, black, chinese, hispanic or eskimos, the school failed miserably.

The suggestion by some that these (6) self avowed Black Panthers should have been locked outside BECAUSE they were black is simply moronic and instigative. But this is the world we live in, people are too blind, narrow minded and ignorant to look at facts.

RoundHillGuy

LOL, Black Panthers, what a joke.

CindyLou

My first thought is....what if some upset WHITE mothers had walked into the school asking to speak with administrators....would they have called the police??? NOT TO MENTIOIN...…"a runaway slave game" What in God's name is wrong with some of these schools, teachers and administrators?? I hope there will be no "lets escape from the concentration camp" games coming anytime soon. There is a racial and mean problem in America, it's soulless and I don't think it can ever be fixed.

scottva

CindyLou, your comments are almost comical if you weren't so serious. IF (6) white mothers dressed in all black marched right into the school firing off demands, the administration should have done what they failed to do, issue a school wide lock down until such time the perceived threat could be cleared. The "runaway slave" game, well, that was just plain stupid BUT does NOT warrant the action of the Black Panthers. There's basic societal procedures, regardless of race but since these people were black, creating imaginary scenarios is pointless. Take a look at The People's New Black Panther Party Virginia Facebook page and tell me they stand for peaceful protest and unity as they stand there with their guns demanding a revolution, not peaceful dialogue but a revolution. Please, whatever you do, don't take my word for it look at their Facebook page.

amerigirl

Why would it not warrant the action of The Original Black Panthers Of VA? They are active in schools, and every part of the community. They donate food and clothing to the underprivileged. The have speaking engagements across the country on black life and improvement in America. Here is one of their posts: COMING TO THE DIGGS TOWN COMMUNITY! The Original Black Panthers Of VA are pleased to announce that 30 Kids will be receiving backpacks filled with school supplies and a Hip-Hop Black History CD made for educational purposes.August 18th between 1-4 pm. 1619 Greenleaf dr Norfolk VA. Is that too scary?

EA-3B

The group exited the school before the police arrived? This is a fact? The group had already been denied entry to the building. The had no children in the school; no appointment to see anyone on the staff. When they then followed a legitimate visitor granted access into this secure building - they trespassed*. The author characterizes this incident (aptly) as a "breach", yet the LCSO concluded that no trespass had occurred. How does that posture protect and serve the Loudoun community, and more specifically the MTES community (against whom threats of violence have recently been made)? Without accountability and consequences, we can expect to see additional breaches in the near future. 

(Edited by staff.)

amerigirl

Where did you come up with "The group had already been denied entry to the building"? It doesn't say anything like that in the article. It also sounds like they had no idea the police had been called and left after being told that they couldn’t speak with an administrator. The author did not characterize this incident as a "breach”, that was law enforcement, who never should have been called in the first place. People go into school all the time that don’t have kids there or appointments. I have been let into quite a few schools just to drop off boxtops and books, did I trespass? No one called the cops on me. Your making up parts of the story to make it sound menacing is ridiculous, just like all these people that are calling cops on black people for stupid things like selling bottled water, looking suspicious etc. You can not foretell the future, there is still the exact same chance that the amount of unauthorized entries will be made. Unjustly accusing someone and making a big deal out of a peaceful situation because the people were black does less to serve the Loudoun community, and you should be held accountable for your false accusations.

EA-3B

So the group left the building before the police arrived? That's the fact? Interesting that the term "breach" is (aptly) used to describe this incident, while at the same time the LCSO refuses to characterize it as trespassing. When this group entered by following a legitimate visitor, after the school had already denied them entrance - they trespassed*. Since there were no consequences, I expect to see like incidents repeated in the near future. 

(Edited by staff.)

amerigirl

They left the building after they were told they could not meet with an administrator, if they had stayed and made a scene that would have been something to worry about. Do you know that they intended to break the policy when they followed someone in through the doors or they just followed someone not being aware of LCPS policy? Are you the judge and jury?

LoudounClear

I suspect this group is trolling the Fox news crowd.

jke

If this had KKK written on the sidewalk in chalk it would be a nationwide hate crime report.

Lawman

Problem is Scotty you have no reported case of a Black identity group hanging and terrorizing white people in the recorded history of this Country.

scottva

Lawman, you may be right regarding a Black group hanging white people BUT suggesting that any Black group has never terrorized white people in the history of the US is patently false.

RichardJames

Bravo and good for this group. This is a lesson in peaceful protest, especially with something so charged and typically indicative of un-peaceful protests.
Given the context of their grievance, this group and this situation was very mellow. I don’t know that I would’ve been as restrained. I’ve seen parents be removed from a school for protesting angrily over the fact that their kid didn’t make it onto the sports team. I’ve seen a parent just this year refuse to leave the school office when asked to, because they were too irate and shouting at the office worker because their child was reprimanded by the teacher in front of other students.

What better outcome than this?:
“Upon arrival, deputies found the situation to be calm and observed a group of six people uniformly dressed in all black exiting the school. Authorities say they were compliant with the responding deputies...”

“No threats were made toward the school or staff during the protest, according to the sheriff's office.”

“No charges are expected to be filed stemming from the incident. Sheriff's office spokesman Kraig Troxell told the Times-Mirror the situation did not meet the elements of trespassing or disorderly conduct to bring charges.”

I stand with this group. Well done!

mturnerva

According to people in the building, it was not mellow. There was belligerence, barging through others entering or leaving the building, and demands for firing. You may be right but it was not as simple as people write.

scottva

Let's be honest here, all those posting comments about how peaceful the Black Panthers "protest" was is either out of white guilt, stupidity and flat ignorance as to who and what the Black Panthers are all about. You really think that after the "runaway slave" game they wanted to sip tea and eat cookies with the white folks? Go read their "10 Point Program and Platform". Oh, while you're on their homepage, notice the (75) pictures and 20+ pictures are with these peaceful fellows with guns (marching, PROTESTING, tactical training, etc.). This is THEIR website and in case LTM removes look up the New Black Panther Party. I don't expect you naysayers to change your minds and you will continue to believe they are a peaceful group just like mormons that come knocking on our doors. Continue to live in your bubble but in their own words and pictures, they are as militant as they come. Perhaps you and your families can join their little club since you are clearly acting as their puppet.

(Edited by staff.)

Ellie Lockwood

Loudoun Times The Loudoun Times-Mirror needs to stand up and recognize that their original “breaking news” story about a PE exercise designed to honor Black History month is completely responsible for inciting the actions taken by the Black Panther group. We are indeed fortunate that this despicable incident did not escalate into violence. A hope the Time-Mirror reporters and staff have learned a valuable lesson and will attempt to think through their biased reporting before they provoke more serious consequences. What are the odds the reaction and response by the Black Panthers will be considered “breaking news” outside of Loudoun County? I’m guessing zero.

(Edited by staff.)

amerigirl

Why would this have escalated into violence? They wanted to speak with administration. This wasn't even worth reporting, that people went into a school. True, they didn't follow LCPS policy, that they may not have even known about to get in, to speak with admin.

RichardJames

Good for them. Peaceful protest at its finest. Given the context of their greivance, this was a super mellow encounter. I’ve seen parents flip out and have to be removed by police over their kid not making it onto a sports team or for being reprimanded by a teacher. As soon as we say “Black Panther” everyone flips out. I stand with this group.

“Upon arrival, deputies found the situation to be calm and observed a group of six people uniformly dressed in all black exiting the school. Authorities say they were compliant with the responding deputies...”

“NO THREATS were made toward the school or staff during the protest, according to the sheriff's office.”

“Sheriff's office spokesman Kraig Troxell told the Times-Mirror the situation did not meet the elements of trespassing or disorderly conduct to bring charges.”

Bravo to this group of people. We could all learn how it’s done. I hope they are persistent in their follow up.


btm11

The last time I visited a Loudoun County public school it had an intercom for visitors requesting admission but not a camera. Added a CCTV camera and screen would seem appropriate.

mopar19

I’m glad to see that security procedures at the schools have gotten better since the 90s. A group of individuals piggy back in with a parent. The front office staff should be fired. They don’t have cameras to see who’s coming in? Or maybe they need to add a security entrance check point before some “ protesters” get full access to the school. With the budget the schools propose there should be a armed officer at the front entrance at every school. Asleep at the wheel.

scottva

Spot on! The front office is located next to the main entrance AND their windows overlook the drop off areas and parking lot. Would be almost impossible to miss 6 adults dressed in all black approaching the school.

amerigirl

Wow, a real judge and jury. also fire the front staff? Most do not have cameras, or I haven't seen any at a LCPS, just intercoms. So lets just get them all fired for something they did not know was happening. How fair is that?

drttp24

And where is the LTM denouncing the Black Panthers from trespassing and endangering students. They should not be allowed to enter. Even one should be arrested and charged with domestic terrorism. There is no place of this anywhere.

DavisB

where is the endangering - the sheriff report said nothing about any violence, threats, or endangering -

amerigirl

I agree, the difference seems to be nothing more than they were black, and you know, driving, walking or visiting a school when black is a crime to some people.

Jeanne T

Yep, I agree. They should have been arrested, whether or not they were compliant with law enforcement. They had no business being there.

amerigirl

Arrested for what? Being black while entering a school office? Obviously they did have business there, they wanted to speak with administration. My god it is flabbergasting to think you want people to be arrested for being black in a place you don't want them to be. You are also assuming they knew they were suppose to have to show ID, I have seen grandparents go into the schools following other people because they didn't know.

amerigirl

Why would LTM denounce them? How were they trespassing? I don't even know why someone felt it was necessary to call 911 about a "possible" disorderly action. What students were endangered? If the students were endangered there would have been a lock down. All they did is not follow a LCPS policy, that no one knows they even know about. There is no reason to be an alarmist about it. They didn't walk in with a mob mentality or carrying tiki torches. Maybe they should have all those senior citizens that follow each other in through the door on grandparents day arrested.

scottva

When was the last time a white aryan group breached a school? You can bet that if it was a white aryan nation group, this article would have been written differently and the outrage from the community would have been explosive. Why weren't these Black Panther morons arrested for trespassing? I give it until Sunday night until we start seeing comments supporting the Black Panthers and what they did. They will be given a pass.

DavisB

they walked straight to the office and introduced themselves. Nothing violent or threatening - how is this trespassing? Or are you suggesting that you know better than LCSO?

mturnerva

The report from people in the school is that they pushed through the doors past families and yes, marched to the office demanding people to be fired.

RichardJames

It’s not Sunday night yet but I support this group and what they did.

scottva

Well Rich, you're certainly entitled to your opinion, no matter how out of touch you appear to be.

DavisB

When was the last time a white aryan group breached a school? The easy punchline is the Trump rally at Briar Wood High School during the last election. But I would never say that.

amerigirl

every PTA meeting

amerigirl

That may be your opinion, not most peoples if they entered the same way.

Loudoundad

The Supreme Court has already ruled the Sons of Confederate Soldiers Do Not have a right of free speech on government property. To extend that ruling to apply to an Aryan group would not be a stretch. Justice Alito, in dissent, even acknowledged the Confederate flag is a symbol to many of hate, and has no use in free speech. Would lower courts now rule Nazi stuff and Aryan philosophy are symbols of hate, and the SCV ruling applies to them as well? In a heartbeat. If Aryans showed up at the school wearing Nazi symbols or chanting Nazi propaganda, that would be against the law. Groups like that, that hate, don't have the right of free speech on government property. The Blank Panthers have rights of free debate on government property. Aryans or Confederate loving idiots don't. Did I answer your question?

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