Loudoun County Public Schools has commissioned a law firm to conduct an independent review of its handling of allegations of two sexual assaults reported at Stone Bridge and Broad Run high schools in Ashburn earlier this year, according to a Friday evening announcement.
Fairfax-based firm Blankingship & Keith, P.C., which specializes in education law, commercial litigation and personal injury — among other areas — according to the firm's website, was hired by LCPS to conduct the review on Oct. 28.
The announcement comes one day after Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares (R) said at a press conference that he intends to open an investigation into LCPS' handling of the incidents, as well as push for legislation that would allow his office to step into investigations upon referral from a chief law enforcement officer.
In the Friday statement, school administrators said they believe they have "followed all mandatory reporting protocols and aided law enforcement to the fullest extent allowed in all investigations regarding these matters."
They went on to say they "acknowledge that these matters need to be fully reviewed."
"Consequently, and with full support of the School Board, Loudoun County Public Schools hired Blankingship & Keith, P.C. on October 28, 2021 to conduct an independent review of these incidents," they said.
"This independent review is only one step in moving forward to help heal our school community," LCPS administrators added.
When asked if the firm had begun its review, an LCPS spokesperson said the school division had no further comment on Friday evening.
Loudouners have expressed outrage over the school system's handling of the incidents for the past several months, with many residents calling for the resignations of LCPS superintendent Scott Ziegler and school board members whom they say failed to protect students from a repeat sexual offender.
The first alleged sexual assault at Stone Bridge High School took place on May 28, and was not made public by either LCPS or the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office until a report by the Daily Wire was published on Oct. 11.