Fight for Schools Sues for Sexual Assault Report

The group Fight for Schools is turning to the courts to obtain a copy of the report the school division commissioned to investigate its handling of a sexual assault scandal. 

Executive Director Ian Prior announced today that he is filing a Mandamus and Injunction in Loudoun County Circuit Court, asking the court to demand the school division make public the report prepared by the law firm Blankingship and Keith. The firm was put on a retainer by the school division in the spring of 2021. Superintendent Scott Ziegler said on Nov. 5, 2021 that the firm would be conducting an “independent review” of the division’s handling of two sexual assaults in Ashburn high schools involving the same assailant. 

The first assault occurred on May 28 at Stone Bridge High School, and the second on Oct. 7 at Broad Run High School. 

The division has come under fire for not releasing the report, citing attorney-client privilege. 

“The petition and injunction do not seek release of exempt materials or information related to the victims. Rather, it seeks the release of non-exempt materials and information related to the ‘independent review’ which LCPS is refusing to release pursuant to its flawed claim of attorney-client privilege,” Fight for Schools said in a statement. 

Ziegler, who originally cited shortcomings in Title IX protocols as the reason the teen was able to assault a second student before disciplinary action was taken, was listed as the Title IX coordinator until November, when former chief of staff Mark Smith was named to the position. Smith was fired from the school division in January, but the division would not comment on his departure. It is unclear what his role would have been in handling the assaults since he was not listed as the Title IX coordinator at the time of the incidents.

Fight for Schools redrafted removal petitions for School Board members in October, to include the charge that they had, at least, some knowledge of the assaults, though only four members face a removal effort.

“Our elected officials and taxpayer-funded school division must be accountable to the people of Loudoun County. Without transparency, there can be no accountability,” Prior said. “If Loudoun County Public Schools wants to spend taxpayer money to defend its continued defiance of transparency and accountability, then we will fight to force the issue and bring the truth to light.”

19 thoughts on “Fight for Schools Sues for Sexual Assault Report

  • 2022-03-07 at 4:59 pm
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    We paid for this “independent review” and its findings should be made public. That’s how Scott Z sold it to us when the firm was hired. Now there is a cover-up taking place and we’re supposed to be ok as taxpayers with the total lack of transparency to go along with the lack of accountability LCSB has shown to date.

  • 2022-03-07 at 5:01 pm
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    Thank you for using the quotes around the term “independent review.”

    The victims, parents, students and taxpayers of Loudoun should have access to most of the information in this review.

    AND THEN we need to see what Virginia AG Miyares discovers during his investigation.

  • 2022-03-07 at 5:26 pm
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    I think these people are confused. If they want to fight for their schools they should fight their way on down…. to a PTA meeting.

    They should fight to make sure their child’s classroom has enough supplies. They should fight to make sure the teacher doesn’t have to dip into their pocket to pay for Kleenex for when their kid has a runny nose. They should fight to keep guns out of the classrooms.

    This joker leading this band is fighting to line his pocket with monies from gullible parents…. who’ve never seen the inside of a PTA meeting either.

    • 2022-03-07 at 7:21 pm
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      So your answer to finding out what happened (and hopefully preventing it from happening again) is to increase spending on school supplies?

      Makes. Perfect. Sense.

    • 2022-03-08 at 9:39 am
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      Go read the NY Post article on Brian Davision and what happens to parents that fight LCPS. LCPS is corrupt to the core and needs to be ripped and replaced.

    • 2022-03-08 at 3:14 pm
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      You nailed it. This is a disgruntled group of people who are using the children to scratch their grievance itch. Nearly 100% overlap with the no-masks in schools crowd back when wearing masks made good sense. Before that, they were anti-vax mandates. Next thing you know, they’ll jump in a truck and drive around the beltway in red hats, flying American flags and complaining about the cost of fuel.

  • 2022-03-07 at 5:29 pm
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    It’s about time. If Ziegler and the board weren’t engaged in some massive coverup we’d know what had happened by now. But they just can’t stop wasting money on idiotic court cases. We deserve better. The whole board needs to go and Ziegler needs to be fired. It’s past time to clean house.

    • 2022-03-08 at 11:07 am
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      Why then are only democrat board members being targeted? The republicans were there also. Would have known the same information. Would have participated in the same cover-up.

      Ian Prior doesn’t even live here. And two of the groups fighting for release aren’t even in Loudoun. They are republican operatives stirring trouble and with a partisan agenda.

      Meanwhile – a wall of silence on the terror campaign targeting democrat school board members and the sheriff’s refusal to investigate.

      • 2022-03-09 at 1:57 pm
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        Meanwhile — IAm stands with sexual predator enablers and against transparency in a public entity.

        Can’t make this up.

      • 2022-03-09 at 3:21 pm
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        …umm, so much misinformation in one post! First, the School Board is non-partisan and the school board members being recalled ALL participated in a private Face Book page aimed at targeting and intimidating parents who disagreed with the progression policies being rammed through. Ian Prior, as far as I know, not only lives here but has two kids in the school system.

      • 2022-03-10 at 9:22 am
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        Democrat board members violated Virginia’s open meeting laws. That is the reason they are being correctly targeted.

  • 2022-03-07 at 7:11 pm
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    There could be private, sensitive & privileged information in the Report. I’m not an attorney. But it boils down to the question: Is the Report a public record? If so, then the Report should be released to the public. If it isn’t, then Dr. Ziegler & LCSB are within their rights to withhold the Report. Simply redacting certain parts wouldn’t transform a non-public record into a public record. Perhaps a judge will have to sort though this mess. Happy Women’s History Month Loudoun!

  • 2022-03-08 at 4:48 am
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    AFF not one of the people affiliated with the Fight for Schools from Loudoun has been paid. You are spewing without fact checking.

    • 2022-03-09 at 12:34 pm
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      Don’t gaslight me Ken,

      Ian Prior has been a GOP operative for 20 years plus, his last gig he worked for the esteemed /S Jeff Sessions before Don humiliated Sessions and kicked him to the curb.

      Ian Prior is one of about 10 or so Republican operatives Faux News trotted out as ‘concerned parents’ without mentioning the political axe they ground for a living.

      If you think for one second that Ian Prior isn’t a grifter milking the ‘fight for schools’ teat I got a bridge to sell you.

  • 2022-03-08 at 8:59 am
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    There is no reason a redacted copy of the report cannot be released for public viewing. Ziegler has been given way too much leeway in the way this whole sordid situation has been handled.

  • 2022-03-08 at 7:05 pm
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    What a joke this is! The Schools work for us the taxpayers not the other way around. Clearly there is something wrong – you transfer student who raped someone to another school to do it again. Think about this – if your child was at the school where the student was transferred you would be concerned. I can not think of any institution that would consider this okay so why would we accept this from the schools? This is not about politics is is about transparency and the fact that Dr. Ziegler and/or the school board wants to withhold this should be very disconcerting to everyone.

  • 2022-03-08 at 8:06 pm
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    The report needs to be released. Taxpayers paid for it. The privacy of the victims needs to be protected. However I would like to see the name and face in the of the convicted assailent in the news. How can we protect our children or the children protect themselves if we don’t know who the criminal is what the criminal looks like?

  • 2022-03-09 at 3:07 pm
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    Ziegler has already been caught in half-truths and lies regarding several issues.
    There is no reason to trust him or the other school board members that has consistently lied and tried to silence opposition. My guess is there is incriminating information in the report they don’t want exposed.
    It is incredulous that there are commenters that actually try to defend the school board with lies about parents that are seeking the truth and want to have a say in how LCPSchools are run.
    Fight For Schools is not a partisan organization.
    These volunteers have the courage to fight the corruption and the mob that lies, cancels and doxes them.

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