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Parents reveal they have filed a petition to have Loudoun County school board chair removed


A group of parents confronted the Loudoun County school board meeting on Tuesday night to reveal they have filed a petition to have the chair removed following the handling of sexual misconduct allegations.

The group, Fight for Schools, has collected more than 2,000 signatures to remove the board chair Brenda Sheridan citing reasons including neglect of duty, misuse of office and incompetence in the performance of her duties. 

The organization also compiled enough signatures to mount legal challenges to oust three other board members, Board Vice-Chair Atoosa Reaser, Ian Serotkin of the Blue Ridge District, and at-large member Denise Corbo. 

See you in court: A group of parents confronted the Loudoun County school board meeting on Tuesday night to reveal they have filed a petition to have the chair and three other board members removed. Pictured: Megan Jenkins speaking at the meeting

The group, Fight for Schools, has collected more than 2,000 signatures to remove the board chair Brenda Sheridan (pictured)

The group, Fight for Schools, has collected more than 2,000 signatures to remove the board chair Brenda Sheridan (pictured)

One mother speaking at the meeting, Megan Jenkins, addressed the board members, saying: ‘I’m not going to encourage any of you to resign because when you are recalled and removed from office, it will be much more satisfying. See you in court.’

In order to remove an elected official in Virginia, a petition must be signed by a number of people from the official’s jurisdiction equal to 10 per cent of the votes cast in the previous election.

If the cases go to trial, a judge or a jury will rule whether or not to remove the board members and if successful, the board would have 45 days to appoint an interim replacement and 15 days to petition the court for a special election.   

Ian Prior, executive director of Fight for Schools said in a statement: ‘As Chairwoman, Brenda Sheridan has overseen and personally contributed to a complete breakdown in trust between the community and the Loudoun County School Board.

‘From violating open meetings law to ignoring the school board’s code of conduct to neglecting to keep our children safe, all for her activist causes, Sheridan has been nothing short of a disaster as the so-called leader of Loudoun County Public Schools.’

In an email response to the Loudon Times, Sheridan vowed to ‘see this process through’ and said being a member of the school board is public service, and ‘is not always easy or popular’.

Many Loudoun parents have opposed the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) and one parent (not pictured) speaking at Tuesday night's meeting, accused the school board of spending taxpayer money to teach 'Marxist philosophy' critical race theory

Many Loudoun parents have opposed the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) and one parent (not pictured) speaking at Tuesday night’s meeting, accused the school board of spending taxpayer money to teach ‘Marxist philosophy’ critical race theory

The Virginia school district was thrust into the national spotlight amid allegations a 15-year-old boy wearing a skirt raped a female classmate in the girl's bathroom at Stone Bridge High School (pictured) on May 28

The Virginia school district was thrust into the national spotlight amid allegations a 15-year-old boy wearing a skirt raped a female classmate in the girl’s bathroom at Stone Bridge High School (pictured) on May 28

Erin Dunbar, a parent speaking at Tuesday night’s meeting, accused the school board of spending taxpayer money to teach ‘Marxist philosophy’ critical race theory. 

‘You have activist teachers using to indoctrinate their hate in kids who are at the mercy of their authority,’ she said. ‘That is child abuse. And you have no right to brainwash children into believing that their skin color determines their purpose.’

Many Loudoun parents have opposed the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) as well as sexually explicit details in books found in school libraries such as ‘Lawn Boy’ and ‘Gender Queer,’ which parents say aim to normalize pedophilia.

The Virginia school district was thrust into the national spotlight amid allegations a 15-year-old boy wearing a skirt raped a female classmate in the girl’s bathroom at Stone Bridge High School on May 28. 

One month later, Scott Smith, the father of the rape victim, was dragged out of a school board meeting on June 22 with a bloodied mouth after listening to school officials deny that a girl had been sexually assaulted in the bathroom after his daughter had reported the rape. 

On June 22, Scott Smith, the father of the rape victim, was dragged out of a school board meeting with a bloodied mouth after listening to school officials deny that his daughter had been sexually assaulted in the bathroom after she reported it to officials

On June 22, Scott Smith, the father of the rape victim, was dragged out of a school board meeting with a bloodied mouth after listening to school officials deny that his daughter had been sexually assaulted in the bathroom after she reported it to officials

Superintendent Scott Ziegler claimed that day that he'd received 'no report' of a sexual assault in the school bathrooms. But  on May 28, the day it happened, he sent this email to colleagues confirming that it had been reported, writing: 'This afternoon, a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom'

Superintendent Scott Ziegler claimed that day that he’d received ‘no report’ of a sexual assault in the school bathrooms. But  on May 28, the day it happened, he sent this email to colleagues confirming that it had been reported, writing: ‘This afternoon, a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom’ 

From rape to sentencing: Timeline of teen boy in skirt  

May 28: Teen, 15, wearing a skirt allegedly rapes female classmate in girl’s bathroom. She reports it to the principal. Superintendent Scott Ziegler sends an email to colleagues confirming that it had been reported

June 22: Scott Smith, the father of the rape victim, was dragged out of a school board meeting with a bloodied mouth and arrested after listening to school officials say no one had been sexually assaulted in the bathroom after his daughter had reported the rape

July 6: Detectives call the boy’s mother to report his imminent arrest. She drives him down to the station herself and he spends the next couple weeks at the juvenile detention center in nearby Leesburg

October 6: The 15-year-old changes schools and allegedly drags another a girl into a classroom and inappropriately touches her. Police are called and he is arrested the same day

October 25: Teen is found guilty for the May 28 sexual assault at Stone Bridge High School. The judge ‘substantiated’ charges of forcible sodomy and forcible fellatio, the juvenile equivalent of a conviction 

October 26: Students stage a walkout of their classrooms in a show of ‘solidarity’ for the victim. Some stood in front of their school, chanting: ‘Loudoun County Protects Rapists!’ 

November 15: Skirt-wearing teen will be sentenced  

Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler said at the time: ‘We don’t have any records of assaults occurring in our restrooms.’

But on the day of the incident, he sent an email to colleagues confirming that it had been reported, writing: ‘This afternoon, a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom.’

Soon, the issue exploded, with parents throughout the county protesting the school’s transgender policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity, overtaking school board meetings and demanding that Ziegler resign.

Superintendent Scott Ziegler later apologized, FOX News reported, saying: ‘First, let me say to the families and students involved – my heart aches for you and I am sorry that we failed to provide the safe, welcoming and affirming environment that we aspire to provide.’

And on October 15, Ziegler said he ‘wrongly interpreted’ Smith’s question ‘about discipline incidents in bathrooms.’

‘I regret that my comments were misleading, and I apologize for the distress that error caused families,’ he said.

Still, the district has denied allegations of a cover-up with Wayne Byard, a spokesman for the district, telling FOX News in late October that the district reported the alleged assault on May 28 to the sheriff’s office ‘immediately,’ but because the incident was still under investigation, the report ‘could not be released to the general public’ at the time.

Another incident on October 6 at Broad Run High School, he noted, was also reported to the Sheriff’s Office immediately.

‘In the current politically-charged atmosphere, a lot of claims and demands have been made,’ Byard said in a statement, adding: ‘The focus of the superintendent and school board remains the education of Loudon County’s 81,000 students.’ 

Meanwhile, the 15-year-old boy was found guilty of the assault on October 25, when a judge ‘substantiated’ charges of forcible sodomy and forcible fellatio, the juvenile equivalent of a conviction.

He was sent back to juvenile detention, pending a hearing November 15 on the second case which occurred at Broad Run High School in the same county on October 6, a month after the district transferred him there. 

In that incident, he allegedly pulled a girl into a classroom and inappropriately touched her.



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