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Loudoun Co. Public Schools Lawyer Up the Day After Va. Attorney General-Elect Reveals Plan to Probe Sexual Assault Cases

By Craig Bannister | November 10, 2021 | 9:31am EST
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On Friday, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) issued an announcement to the Virginia school district’s families and staff, notifying them that LCPS has hired a law firm to review its handling of two alleged sexual assaults, one of which allegedly took place in a transgender school bathroom.

According to a Loudoun Times-Mirror story updated on Tuesday, the announcement was issued a day after Virginia’s Attorney General-Elect told reporters he plans to launch an investigation of LCPS and whether it attempted to cover up the allegations, rather than deal with them:

“Loudoun County Public Schools has commissioned a law firm to conduct an independent review of its handling of allegations of two sexual assaults reported at Stone Bridge and Broad Run high schools in Ashburn earlier this year, according to a Friday evening announcement.

“Fairfax-based firm Blankingship & Keith, P.C., which specializes in education law, commercial litigation and personal injury — among other areas — according to the firm's website, was hired by LCPS to conduct the review on Oct. 28.

“The announcement comes one day after Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares (R) said at a press conference that he intends to open an investigation into LCPS' handling of the incidents, as well as push for legislation that would allow his office to step into investigations upon referral from a chief law enforcement officer.”

The Blankingship & Keith website touts the firm’s expertise in representing the victims of sexual abuse.

Major news outlets – ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC – have been ignoring the story involving the “gender-fluid individual” accused of the sexual assaults, CNSNews.com reported on October 14.

Three days later, Media Research Center and CNSNews.com Founder Brent Bozell exposed the school board and denounced the media coverup of the scandal on Fox News Channel’s  "Life, Liberty & Levin":

“It’s an unbelievable coverup of the consequences of what the school board had thrust down the throats of the parents in Loudoun County.

“What’s the media coverage of the rape? Nothing. What’s the media coverage of the coverup of the rape to the parents in Loudoun County? Nothing.”

….

“Where are the media asking the question, ‘What happened?' Does this man’s daughter, has she been raped in this school? Why isn’t anyone talking about this? Why is the school board denying this? No media coverage.

“Oct. 6, that same boy is arrested again, in another school, this time in a classroom, with a sexual charge against another girl. What’s the media coverage? Mark, no media coverage of this.”

As CNSNews.com has reported, five former state attorneys general have called for the current attorney general to launch an investigation:

“Parents in Loudoun County, Va., were not informed about an alleged sexual assault of a ninth-grade girl in a public school bathroom by a boy wearing a skirt, five former state attorneys general have questioned the inaction of Virginia AG Mark Herring and ‘called for him to immediately open an investigation.’

“‘The Loudoun County School Superintendent and the School Board chose not to report two sexual assaults to parents,’ the former attorneys general wrote. ‘With this failure, the school system places other girls at risk in Loudoun County and broke reporting regulations.’

“The case involves a long and ongoing controversy in Loudoun County, where the school board has pushed for a transgender bathroom policy since last spring, a policy that was finally adopted in August.”

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