Loudoun School Division Withholding Sexual Assault Report

The school division is withholding the report from the independent investigation into the handling of two related sexual assaults in Loudoun high schools.

The School Board hired Fairfax County-based law firm Blankingship & Keith, P.C.to conduct the investigation.

The first assault occurred on May 28 at Stone Bridge High School. The assailant was transferred to Broad Run High School where he assaulted a second student in October. The school division cited shortcomings in Title IX protocols as the reason the assailant was able to victimize a second student.

Responding to a request for the report, school division spokesman Wayde Byard wrote: “The report is complete. It is being withheld from disclosure in its entirety under Va. Code § 2.2-3705.1(2) relating to materials protected under the attorney client privilege. Furthermore, portions of the record are being withheld from disclosure under Code § 2.2-3705.4(A)(1) relating to scholastic information and Va. Code § 2.2-3705.1(1) relating to personnel information concerning identifiable individuals.”

“We believe we have followed all mandatory reporting protocols and aided law enforcement to the fullest extent allowed in all investigations regarding these matters. We acknowledge that these matters need to be fully reviewed,” Superintendent Scott Ziegler announced on Nov. 5, 2021. “Consequently, and with full support of the School Board, Loudoun County Public Schoolshired Blankingship & Keith, P.C. on October 28, 2021 to conduct an independent review of these incidents.”

A day before the investigation was announced, incoming Attorney GeneralJason Miyaressaid that he would conduct a formal investigation of the School Board’s handling of the cases.

20 thoughts on “Loudoun School Division Withholding Sexual Assault Report

  • 2022-01-11 at 2:07 pm
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    And they wonder why nobody trusts a single thing they say.

  • 2022-01-11 at 2:11 pm
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    What a sham ( and waste of taxpayer money). The a law firm from Fairfax hand picked by the LCSB and payed for with taxpayer funds cannot say anything was done wrong. Imagine that. Let’s hope once the new AG takes office on January 20, they do a real investigation and justice gets served to the people who let this happen.

    • 2022-01-12 at 1:22 pm
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      I suggest moms for youngkin and american family foundation hold another uncivilized school board demonstration for our youtube enjoyment. Don’t forget to call Fox News. Where’s Recall Ian on this?

  • 2022-01-11 at 2:23 pm
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    I challenge anyone to make a cogent argument in support of the Ziegler, LCPS and the SB.

    • 2022-01-12 at 11:52 am
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      Ziegler needs to be fired immediately.
      Attorney-Client privilege? What a joke. The taxpayers of Loudoun County are the ultimate clients here… WE paid the legal bill! Let’s see what Miyares’ investigation reveals!
      BTW, the entire school board and administration needs to be charged with 12000 counts of providing pornography / contributing to delinquency of minors for the junk that they’ve been placing in classrooms and libraries.

  • 2022-01-11 at 2:47 pm
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    I hope this report will be released to the fullest extent possible. I realize some sensitive information has to be redacted (e.g. names of assault victims). However, it’s in the public interest to have as much light as possible shed on these incidents without violating privacy rights. I hope more clarity is obtained at tonight’s board meeting. Happy New Year Loudoun!

  • 2022-01-11 at 3:00 pm
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    Here’s a simple request to the writer…
    When the insurer for LCPS hires a law firm with whom there already exists a business relationship… it’s not an “independent” investigation.
    The insurer is looking to reduce risk and limit exposure. They don’t care about the health,safety and education of children. Nor do they care about the truth.
    Please stop parroting the lies of the LCPS.

  • 2022-01-11 at 3:06 pm
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    I think it’s a good thing that the school board hide this from the public. it’s none of our business anyway. we should let the school board do it’s job, and never question their fin leadership. They probably have good reason not to tell us anything, perhaps the report makes someone look bad, and then people will be upset, really for no reason. I agree with everything they do, they are so smart, and we should just leave them alone even if the report says something is bad, that’s ok, we elected these fine people to make mistakes at our expense, and that’s a good thing. they paid a lot of money to have a private law firm do this, so in away, the report does not belong to us because it was paid for with public money by private elect officials, who are all outstanding. I’m Jim Smythe, Happy January Loudoun.

    • 2022-01-12 at 12:15 pm
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      Hilarious… yes, that is exactly what that LCPS shill would post.
      “Happy Coverups Loudoun”

    • 2022-01-12 at 1:04 pm
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      If I could get the “Like” feature to work on this site, I would award you one.
      Well done.

  • 2022-01-11 at 3:50 pm
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    Yes, let’s not worry about any coverup here! Parents have no right to know how badly the schools are nor who they permit to rape whom within the confines of those hallowed halls of academia! Learn your place, you peasants!

    Once again, Ziegler and the entire board need to go. Loudoun Parents deserve much, much better.

  • 2022-01-11 at 3:51 pm
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    Hey Wayde Byard, why are you protecting Ziegler?

    Ziegler lied and endangered Loudoun youth and now you are providing cover for this guy?

    Go back to announcing your snow days and let this report SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY!

  • 2022-01-11 at 4:45 pm
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    Four days until Jason Miyares is inaugurated as Attorney General, ably assisted by former superb Loudoun County prosecutor Nicole Whittmann. Perhaps some answers will be forthcoming then.

  • 2022-01-11 at 5:04 pm
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    Not sure why you thought this was news, much less a headline. It sounds like there are applicable restrictions on public release of the information.

  • 2022-01-11 at 6:17 pm
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    If the report was favorable to the School Administration of LCPS it would be released. If there is privacy concerns, names and identifying information can be blackened out. This is a total betrayal of the citizens’ right to know what our school system did or didn’t do in these situations. We can only hope Mayoris gets this report released. Shame on the LCPS administration and shame on the school board.

  • 2022-01-11 at 6:20 pm
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    So exclude what is protected (take name of student out etc) and release the report. Lets make sure we include why Douglas School was not used as policy would dictate and include all communications among school board members. Simple 🙂

  • 2022-01-11 at 7:57 pm
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    So is the plan that it will be “withheld” so completely that no human eyes can ever see it ? The report is to be locked up and sealed forever ? What a farce… they can redact identifiable information and release the core findings. But then again, it seems there never was any intention to reveal anything. Ironic, since Ziegler said last summer that there was “no assault”. Suddenly there is now a report.

  • 2022-01-12 at 9:50 am
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    Sounds like a cover up. If the report wasn’t bad they would release it. The taxpayers covered the bill so the document should be released for us to read.

  • 2022-01-12 at 10:00 am
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    We are fortunate that the Republicans are taking over Richmond in a few days. Our new Republican Attorney General will conduct a real investigation so the public will actually know what happened.

    Once again, LCPS utter contempt for the people it serves comes through. They hire a law firm so they can get all the information LCPS needs to defend itself in its multiple lawsuits, but hides all the info from the public. Worthless cowards.

  • 2022-01-13 at 5:13 am
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    And our nation questions angry parents at school board meetings???
    You can share the contents of the crime without noting the victims. Remove names of the students but clearly share the report. Transparency will help parents see what happened. They deserve to know. This is called intentional tort. Parents, you have to advocate for your child and every child that attends this county’s school. Ask yourself; did this every happen in your lifetime as a student? Don’t give Loudoun County a pass on this. Get the report and review it. It is obvious they don’t know how to keep children safe. Parents and the public deserves to know and help bring about change. These folks get their salaries from taxes paid. What is next another 911 in our schools? Our leaders permitted this to happen.

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