School Board Critic to Appeal Trespass Conviction

The Hamilton man arrested and charged with trespassing during a June 22 School Board meeting that was suspended because of an unruly crowd is appealing his conviction to the Loudoun County Circuit Court.

Jon Tigges was found guilty of trespassing by Judge Ian Williams during a Sept. 22 District Court hearing. Scheduling for the appeal has not yet been made.

The arrest came after School Board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) halted the meeting following a series of warnings to crowd members to maintain order during a lengthy public comment session. As crowd members demonstrated against that action, Superintendent Scott A. Ziegler then ordered the board room be cleared. After Tigges refused to leave, he was arrested and charged.

Tigges claims he acted within his rights at the public meeting and that Ziegler lacked authority to declare an unlawful assembly. Tigges also has been served with a trespass order barring him from all school properties.

“Public officials can’t stop public comments just because they don’t like what is being said, nor can they demand that attendees not make noise of any kind,” Tigges said in a statement announcing his appeal.

3 thoughts on “School Board Critic to Appeal Trespass Conviction

  • 2021-09-23 at 5:02 pm
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    Methinks the gentleman doth protest too much. On June 22, was Jon Tigges simply auditioning for the Tucker Carlson show? Please don’t think me impertinent for asking. Was it any coincidence that Mr. Tigges appeared on Tucker’s show the day after his arrest? (He was all smiles on the show, by the way.) Loudoun County doesn’t need another cause celebre. It needs all hands on deck to ensure a quality education for every LCPS student.

    • 2021-09-24 at 10:54 am
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      This is brazen hypocrisy. Remember that Julie “Magic Middle Finger” Briskman had ONE accomplishment in life prior to her sudden rise to political office. People seem to laud her digital protest and act as if it sufficient to endow her with some great wisdom. Her actual accomplishments seem to disprove that thesis on a daily basis. And yet, there she sits on the council.

      I doubt I would have done what Mr. Tigges did that night but he has every right to attend public meetings and challenge the dubious exercise of raw power by Mr. Ziegler. It’s called due process and everyone deserves it.

  • 2021-09-24 at 10:55 am
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    The ONLY time you will see the Soros-provided CA of Loudoun pursue a conviction with any sense of urgency and fervor is when the defendant is a political opponent.

    This is how the (D)s operate now.

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