Smith Found Guilty in School Board Scuffle

The man who found himself splashed across TV screens and newspaper pages, being dragged from the Loudoun County School Board meeting with a bloody lip and in handcuffs, on Tuesday was found guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Scott Smith was dragged to the ground by county deputies as tempers flared at the June 22 School Board meeting, egged on by protests against new state-mandated protections for transgender students.

According to testimony in the Aug. 17 District Court trial, Smith was arrested during an argument with a woman for whose daughter Smith’s wife had been a Girl Scout leader. Deputies dragged him to the ground, then outside, where he continued struggling and arguing with them, threatening to kick their teeth out. He was taken to the Adult Detention Center and charged with the two misdemeanors.

Smith’s attorney, Elizabeth Lancaster of Leesburg firm Whitbeck Bennett, argued his actions up that point—arguing loudly, clenching his fist, leaning toward and swearing at the woman—did not constitute disorderly conduct. Therefore, she argued, he was unlawfully detained, which is not illegal to resist, and all charges should be dropped.

“I was in a state of shock when they took my husband down to the floor,” said Smith’s wife, Jessica.

“There’s nothing in the law nor in common sense that says an officer should wait for someone to punch someone else before calming things down,” argued Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj.

Smith was sentenced to 10 days in jail, all suspended, contingent on a year of good behavior. Biberaj also pushed for a fine and a requirement for anger management training; Lancaster argued for a moderate fine and no jail time, pointing to Smith’s largely clean record, his long residency as a small business owner in Leesburg, and his anger about an alleged assault of an immediate family member inside a bathroom by a person identifying as gender fluid.

Smith indicated he will likely appeal the decision.

“I look at that and I go, why would anybody want to be on a School Board?” said Judge Thomas J. Kelley, Jr., a retired judge who ruled on the case.

15 thoughts on “Smith Found Guilty in School Board Scuffle

  • 2021-08-17 at 5:00 pm
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    Do recall that less than a year ago, Buta Biberaj REFUSED to prosecute a violent attack on Leesburg Police Officers by Michael Wyche.

    You know, BLM, and all that.

    But now we’ve got a white guy. Who’s views probably don’t align with those of the CA and we see her go for blood.

    The Loudoun CA is supposed to be an even-handed gate keeper of the criminal justice system system. It’s obvious that she’s not interested in that. We deserve better.

  • 2021-08-17 at 5:02 pm
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    The face of the violent radical right. Our safety is at risk when these neo-radicals try to impose their religious beliefs on everyone and throwing temper tantrums when they don’t get their way. It is a good thing that guns were not permitted in the school buildings.

    • 2021-08-18 at 10:43 am
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      You must have been out of the country last year Ed. The Neo-Marxist left would have burned the place to the ground, with a couple of bodies thrown in for good measure.

    • 2021-10-13 at 8:55 pm
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      What this Leftist rag is failing to tell you is that Smith’s 15-year-old daughter was RAPED in the bathroom by a male student who wears skirts. This student has been accused of sexual assault before. The girl was sodomized by this creep. How do you expect a father to respond? A rape kit confirmed the assault and the school is denying it. What if it were your kid?

    • 2021-10-14 at 10:26 am
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      Hey Ed, are you blind? You’re darn right he was mad when leftists were trying to cover up a sexual assault on his daughter. Our safety and our country are at risk when radical fascists like you do anything.

  • 2021-08-17 at 5:23 pm
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    Why would anyone want to be judged by this judge is the better question and does Buta have nothing to do but go to trial in misdemeanor court?

    • 2021-08-17 at 11:05 pm
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      I thought the bellyaching on Buta was being too lax on crime. Now people are complaining about being too tough?

      Pick one. This was a high-profile case and typical of the behavior of the fringe whining about the school board. Throw the book at him. Law and order!!!

      • 2021-08-18 at 11:44 am
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        So you’re opposed to consistency and fairness, despite those concepts being (supposed) key principles of the criminal justice system?

        I’m all for punishment fitting crimes, but Loudoun’s Soros-appointed CA has chosen to perform her duties unevenly (at best).

      • 2021-10-14 at 10:28 am
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        Maybe because his daughter was sexually assaulted by a transgender person and the school board is trying to cover it up in order to push the nonsensical leftist agenda.

  • 2021-08-17 at 8:31 pm
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    thank you, Judge. thank you, Commonwealth’s Attorney. GUILTY is the only real verdict. His probation will surely be revoked soon as he is incapable of decent behavior.

    • 2021-10-13 at 8:56 pm
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      What this Leftist rag is failing to tell you is that Smith’s 15-year-old daughter was RAPED in the bathroom by a male student who wears skirts. This student has been accused of sexual assault before. The girl was sodomized by this creep. How do you expect a father to respond? A rape kit confirmed the assault and the school is denying it. What if it were your kid?

    • 2021-10-14 at 10:33 am
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      How can you view this as a win for justice. He was calling the school board out on their lies. I really hope that you don’t have kids to defend.

  • 2021-08-19 at 9:28 am
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    *** Question remains — gender fluid facility use and sexual assault. What are in the regulations to prevent this from happening again? I do not see how “gender fluid” restroom use is defined in the transgender student policy. That makes me very uncomfortable because it is supposed to be “consistently shown gender”. I think the discipline committee needs to bring this up immediately. I would be furious too if my daughter was sexually assaulted in a public bathroom. Who wouldn’t be?

    From the article —
    Smith was sentenced to 10 days in jail, all suspended, contingent on a year of good behavior. Biberaj also pushed for a fine and a requirement for anger management training; Lancaster argued for a moderate fine and no jail time, pointing to Smith’s largely clean record, his long residency as a small business owner in Leesburg, and his anger about an alleged assault of an immediate family member inside a bathroom by a person identifying as gender fluid.

    Smith indicated he will likely appeal the decision.

  • 2021-10-11 at 10:03 pm
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    This school board should all be ousted. Trying to silence a parent and hide a sexual assault? I’m so glad he had the presence of mind to get the necessary things done to prove it happened. If it were my kid, I’d sue the school board and anyone who was involved in the cover up. How did the citizens of Loudoun allow these slimy people to win elections? It’s embarrassing!

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