Loudoun School Board Meeting Crowd Erupts, Public Comment Session Halted

After an unruly public comment session was halted by the School Board Tuesday night, chaos and a brawl ensued between members of the public, and Loudoun deputies were called to clear the room leading to two arrests.

Over 300 people packed the board room, many of them objecting to proposed Policy 8040, which protects the rights of transgender students. The board was scheduled discuss the policy, which is required by state law, later in the meeting in anticipation of a vote on Aug. 10.

The crowd repeatedly was warned by board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan not to interrupt with chants and applause. Within five minutes of beginning public comment, she called a five minute recess because of a crowd disruption.

After public comment resumed, former state Senator Dick Black delivered an address to the board, voicing his disgust with the past years’ events.

The crowd erupted into loud applause, and Atoosa Reeser (Algonkian) made a motion to end public comment. The board unanimously approved the motion. The crowd was incensed as board members went into recess, and began to chant “shame on you.”

The crowd formed a line to continue with an informal public comment.

Superintendent Scott Ziegler ordered deputies to clear the boardroom, but many resisted.

Two people got into an altercation that led to a man being brought to the ground and led out by deputies.He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Two people received medical treatment at the scene for minor injuries.

The board resumed its meeting at 6:30p.m., entering a closed session to meet with legal counsel and discuss negotiations involving a bid award.

This article was updated at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday with a correction about arrests. A previous version incorrectly stated Ted Sjurseth had been detained.

13 thoughts on “Loudoun School Board Meeting Crowd Erupts, Public Comment Session Halted

  • 2021-06-22 at 6:49 pm
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    Not sure what meeting they were watching, but we watched it live on streaming and it was packed, but 95% (or more) were opposed to the school boards policies. It was going fine until the cowards on the school board ran out because they did not like what they were hearing. Both the Loudoun County School Board and the Loudoun County Board of Directors have become a joke, and the sooner we get them all out of office and put people in that actually represent the majority of Loudoun County the better.

    • 2021-06-22 at 8:51 pm
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      Um, these people all won election. The county went 61% for Biden, 37% for Trump. That was up from 55% for Hillary Clinton.

      This is important. These people screaming and hollering about bogus CRT anxiety and developing compassionate policies for transgender kids and claiming the mantle of mainstream values are actually WILDLY out of step with Loudoun values. They’re not the norm — they’re the fringe. And it’s pretty clear they cannot behave themselves.

      Loudoun County is sick and tired of their belligerence. Get out if you don’t like it here.

  • 2021-06-22 at 7:25 pm
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    Oh my…Dick Black is coming back out of retirement to stir the cultural issues pot? Well, it worked for him before. He got his start in politics by trying to block the internet and claiming the library was a source of porn for little children…launched his political career and saddled the library with hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees–money that otherwise would have bought more books and hired more staff. I guess he has gotten lonely not making news so here he comes again. Beware of 77 year old white men who want to tell you how things ought to be done…

  • 2021-06-22 at 8:20 pm
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    LoudounNow, you missed a few details.

    1. It is LCPS policy to open up speaker sign-ups on the Friday before the SB meeting. However, this time, the list was surreptitiously opened up on Thursday and leaked to members of the radical Left who grabbed the first ten slots or so. The opposition to ultra-LGBTQ rights outnumbers the Leftists by about 3:1 or 4:1. Without stacking the deck with 10 or so LGBTQ activists, the public would likely have never heard them.

    2. Just a couple board meetings ago, the public was not allowed into the auditorium at board meetings. The result was that you could never have an unruly crowd end public comment. The SB could have easily just asked the public to wait outside while speakers still got their turn to speak. But given the overwhelming opposition to their policies, Atoosa Reaser and Sheridan pushed to just shut them all down. That was no mistake. That was censorship with a pretext.

    3. In fact, Atoosa Reaser has been asking staff to make changes to the public speaker comment to effectively shut down such opposition comments. She has asked for draconian limits on speaker time in revised policies going through committee meetings. This was not a necessary response to a very mild public reaction but a targeted attempt to shut down the opposition by Reaser.

    4. The supposed “outburst” was not significant. In fact, when Sheridan presided over speaker comments a couple years ago when the LGBTQ crowd was demanding super rights over everyone else, they often cheered without any threats to shut down comments. In that case, Sheridan and her Leftists supported their comments.

    The LCPS school board is nothing more than a criminal cartel. Jeff Morse and John Beatty, who supported this censorship push tonight, deserve to be voted off along with the other 7 Leftists.

  • 2021-06-22 at 9:53 pm
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    Ah. Dick. So many memories.

    I see Dick still has what it takes to gets the faux proletariats all hetted up. You’d think a man who hasn’t cashed a check that wasn’t written by taxpayers wouldn’t be the ideal spokesman to rail against governmental overreach, especially with such a one trick pony. Then again, anger is easy with this crowd- it’s all they know.

  • 2021-06-22 at 11:05 pm
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    The protections for LGBT students are designed to protect the most vulnerable group of children. They are designed to help prevent their suicides. Which have happened in Loudoun County.

    Once we see that you just ignore the pain and suffering of children, I’m afraid that we discount your views.

  • 2021-06-23 at 8:00 am
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    LCPS hadn’t made the national news in a few days. This will certainly make the rounds. I am sure they are all proud of what they accomplished at this debacle. What a complete embarrassment. We have one kid left, with 2 years to complete, then we are out of here. Truly hope being a national disgrace does hurt home prices to much. I hate the cancel culture for both the left and the right, but these turds have to go.

    • 2021-06-23 at 10:56 am
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      Don’t confuse being the cause of the week on Tucker Carlson with making national news.

  • 2021-06-23 at 10:14 am
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    The School Board Members have a responsibility to listen to the public. They were elected to be public servants. If they do not understand their position then for sure they should not have stood for election. If the Members do not want to run a solo operation then I would advise being a single-operator-entrepreneur but do NOT stand for election.

    • 2021-06-23 at 4:01 pm
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      How come it’s always the folks with dumbest, most fear-mongering ideas that feel the public should listen to them?

  • 2021-06-23 at 11:36 am
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    Oh look. The conversation is centering on procedure, personalities, and name calling. But no specific points about CRT (which isn’t even being taught) and ignoring the safety of LGBT children.

    Almost as if the radical rabid right doesn’t really care about facts and LGBT kids. Especially the trans kids.

    • 2021-06-23 at 7:06 pm
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      So when you see videos recorded of classroom sessions where a teacher starts out by showing a picture of two girls back-to-back facing the camera and smiling and then asking a student what he sees to be “not CRT” when the student responds with, “Two friends hanging out”? The teacher proceeded to then berate and browbeat the student until he mentioned something about their skin color. THAT IS LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR DIVISION. The student’s original answer lives up to the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in that he saw “two friends”… not “a black girl and a white girl.”

      When you are more concerned with pointing out the differences than you are with teaching the children the tools they will need to succeed in life, you are not educating the children. That is driving wedges between people. Teachers should not be holding back students who can excel and need the academic push in the name of equity. They should be further empowered to try different methods with those who are lagging behind in an attempt to reach a hand out to them and find how they can pull them up.

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