I am writing in response to the article titled “LCPS issues response to newly-surfaced sexual assault allegations”, published in your newspaper on October 13, 2021. I wonder if following Title IX procedures is enough. The school board for LCPS allowed the student that was responsible for the first assault on May 28, 2021 to return to the same school under a “supervised” release program, which allowed him to assault another person on October 6, 2021. The school also did not release any information about the first assault to the public. If they had, students might have been able to prepare and protect themselves.

Parents are calling for the resignation of several school board members. I wonder if this would be a mistake. It is important that the people who replace the board members would be better equipped to handle a situation like this. I am also interested in learning how the repercussions for the first assault were deemed enough to change the behavior of the student in question. Was the student given counseling? It seems that nothing was done to dissuade the student from committing another assault. Is it too much to ask that our justice system make room for rehabilitation and growth instead of just punishment?

I think that the Loudoun Times-Mirror missed an opportunity to divulge information about the process that the student went through once he was convicted. It would also be valuable to include statements from the people who were affected by the assaults, and how the students were feeling about the situation.

Emily McMahel

Great Falls

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jke

Counseling in State prison!

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