Students in Loudoun County, Virginia, walked out of school on Tuesday to protest how the public school system handled multiple recent sexual assaults accusations, in support of the accusers.
Crowds of students gathered outside Stone Bridge High School, Loudoun County High School, Briar Woods High School, Broad Run High School, and Lightridge High School. Video of the walkouts was posted on social media.
On Monday, a Virginia court found there were “facts sufficient” to believe a teen boy sexually assaulted a girl in the girls’ bathroom at Stone Bridge High School in May. He reportedly identifies as “gender fluid” and is said to have been wearing a skirt at the time of the assault. A sentencing hearing will be held likely in the next several weeks.
Despite the seriousness of the incident, the boy was transferred to Broad Run High School, another Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) school, where he allegedly committed another assault. He is charged with inappropriately touching a student there.
Scott Smith, the father of the girl in the first assault, said he plans to sue the school system over the incident. Smith was arrested at a Loudoun County school board meeting in June. During the chaos, his wife shouted, “My child was raped at school, and this is what happens!” Footage of that incident was splashed across news reports and social media, and Smith was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.