Five teens have been connected to the vandalism of the historic Ashburn Colored School, the Sheriff’s Office announced today.
Three 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old from Sterling and a 16-year-old from Ashburn have been interviewed by detectives. Investigators will work with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Loudoun County Juvenile Court Service Unit Intake Department to obtain charges in the case. The names of the suspects are not being released.
“We would like to thank the community and our local leaders for their outpouring of support and for understanding the significance of these offenses,” Sheriff Chapman said in a statement.
The vandalism was discovered Saturday morning at the one-room schoolhouse on Ashburn Road, which served the community’s black students from 1892 to 1959. The graffiti included racist and vulgar messages, including swastikas and the words “White Power.”
The schoolhouse is being restored by students at the Loudoun School for the Gifted.