Youngkin demands resignations from Loudoun County School Board in wake of bombshell email
GREAT FALLS, Virginia - Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin called for the resignation of Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler and the school board after a bombshell email this week. The email revealed that Ziegler drew the board's attention to the fact that a student allegedly assaulted a student in a girls' bathroom - about a month before Ziegler publicly stated that he had no record of assaults in the bathroom.
"It's outrageous," Youngkin told Fox News on Saturday. He said the email “simply confirms what we know that we had school board administrators covering it up. I mean, they tried to hide it from parents, they hid it from the public, and they actually put it at risk for students by telling this young man - who was actually charged with sexual assault at another school - relocated and made this possible again. "
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Prosecutors confirmed that the same young man is being charged with sexual assault in two different situations in schools: the first in May in a girls' bathroom and the second in October in a classroom at another school that the sheriff's office called his new school.
After the first incident on May 28th, Ziegler sent an email to the school board in which he said: "This afternoon a student claimed that a student had sexually abused her in the toilet." At a school board meeting on June 22nd, Ziegler stated that "the predatory transgender student or person just doesn't exist" and that, to the best of his knowledge, "We have no record of assaults in our toilets."
WTOP reported the email for the first time on Thursday.
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"This is gross negligence in its most extreme form," Youngkin told Fox News.
"There must be resignations," said the Republican. "In fact, I don't understand that people who haven't quit can go to their next school board meeting - they covered it up?"
The Youngkin campaign confirmed to Fox News that the candidate is demanding the resignation of Ziegler and the resignation of all board members involved in the alleged cover-up.
Youngkin also said the situation involved District Attorney Buta Biberaj, who filed for jail against the father of one of the alleged sexual assault victims after expressing disorderly behavior and resistance to arrest at the 22nd meeting.
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Youngkin said the investigation into the cover-up must involve "Commonwealth attorney" Biberaj, "who also clearly knew what was going on."
The Republican accused Virginia's Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring of failing to investigate. He promised, if elected, "We will take this up and make sure the people responsible for covering it up are held accountable."
Youngkin also condemned President Biden's Department of Justice, which directed the FBI to investigate a "worrying trend" of "threats of violence" at school board meetings, apparently at the request of the National School Board Association, which likened some parents to domestic terrorists. (The NSBA apologized for the "language" in the letter.)
(AP Photo / Steve Helber, File)
"The FBI needs to stop trying to silence parents in Virginia ... and investigate this whole thing," Youngkin said.
"We need a governor who works for the parents," added the Republican. "We have to stand against allegations such as those made by the teachers' associations. We have to stand against genuinely inconsiderate, inconsiderate allegations made by the Attorney General and the Justice Department."
Youngkin pledged to appoint a new education minister and school head by December 1st. Standards.
"My job will be to stand up for parents and make sure they are fully represented in their children's education because there is a fundamental right to that in the Commonwealth of Virginia and I will see that it happens." concluded the Republican.
Neither Loudoun County Public Schools, nor Ziegler, nor the school board, nor Biberaj, nor Herring immediately responded to Fox News' requests for comment.
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