Protest at Madison’s Trust Elementary Sparks Security Review

A Friday morning incident at Madison’s Trust Elementary School in Ashburn on Friday afternoon has prompted a review of access procedures and security at school campuses.

According to the Sheriff’s Office report, deputies were called to the school just before 10 a.m. March 1 for a report of men being disorderly in the main office. Six people dressed in black entered the school’s vestibule by following a parent and student who staff members had cleared to enter and who activated the electronic door access. The group entered office and some members showed identification and asked to speak with a school administrator to discuss how school leaders were addressing racism concerns sparked by the controversial reenactment of the Underground Railroad that had occurred there weeks earlier. After being told by a school administrator he could not discuss personnel matters, the group left the office chanting “no justice, no peace.”

Deputies met the group exiting the school and discussed their actions. One claimed they were representing a Black Panther Party. Deputies concluded they were conducting a protest and had made no threats toward the school or the school staff. No criminal charges were filed.

As a precaution, a school resource officer remained on campus for the rest of the school day.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is reviewing in more detail how the group entered the school’s vestibule and office and is working with school administrators and security staff to identify concern about controlling public access to schools.

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