Letter: Aidan Zentner, Round Hill

Editor: Loudoun County Public Schools should not have let the student, who was at the time being investigated for sexual assault in Stone Bridge High School, attend public schooling until after the investigation was finished.

Title IX from the Department of Education provides schools with the ability to temporarily suspend students from attending until they are deemed safe to attend school again. Additionally, according to the Loudoun Now article “In New Letter, Sheriff Indicates School Division Knowingly Placed Sexual Assailant Back in School,” the Loudon County Juvenile Court Service Unity (JCSU) had informed the LCPS school district of the arrest as well as the investigation that was underway. This shows that LCPS was aware of the status of the student and still chose to let the student come back to public school even though it would have been possible to keep the student at home until the investigation was complete.

I have a younger sister who has just started high school and the chance that a predator, who’s situation would never be revealed due to privacy policies, could be at the same school putting her at risk scares me. Such people should be kept out of public schools until a time where it is deemed safe for them to return to public school.

As a student, I want to be able to attend school and know that the school has done everything to ensure my safety. However, this situation shows that LCPS’s procedure for handling students under investigation needs to be improved.

In conclusion, the LCPS school district should define its procedure for similar incidents within the school to help keep other students and teachers safe in the future.

Aidan Zentner, Round Hill

5 thoughts on “Letter: Aidan Zentner, Round Hill

  • 2022-01-13 at 8:05 pm

    Expecting LCSB to give clear direction is a tall ask. To expect them to do the right thing is an impossible task. I feel bad for your sister and wish her luck.
    Happy Take Your Predator to School Day Loudoun County.

  • 2022-01-13 at 10:17 pm

    I’m not aware of anyone who believes placing the rapist in Broad Run was a good move. Sometimes dreadful mistakes are made. But they’re not intentional. I believe LCPS is doing everything it can to ensure a safe, welcoming & affirming environment for its 81,000+ students. Dr. Ziegler has apologized profusely for the Stone Bridge/Broad Run incidents. May such tragedies never happen again. My best wishes to the victims as they embark on their long journey of recovery. And Happy MLK Day Loudoun!

    • 2022-01-14 at 12:34 pm

      Two of these three things are “mistakes.” The other is a complete and total failure to protect the children of Loudoun.
      Can you identify which one is which?

      Transferring a sexual predator to another school and not alerting anyone, then lying about the entire horrific episode.
      Locking one’s keys in the car.

    • 2022-01-14 at 2:41 pm

      Kind of tough to support Zeigler considering he got caught in a lie and now won’t release a redacted report. His apologies fall on deaf ears, except for a few blinded people.

    • 2022-01-17 at 12:17 pm

      This is the problem. The rabid, radical, woke SB believes they must “affirm” gender fluid rapists. No, they don’t nor should they ever try.

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