Youngkin Asks Miyares to Investigate Loudoun Schools

Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed 11 executive orders and directives on his first day in office Saturday, including orders to end state mask mandates in schools, ban Critical Race Theory, and asking Attorney General Jason Miyares to investigate the Loudoun County school division.

Miyares announced his intent to investigate the school division’s handling of two sexual assaults in high schools, a scandal that garnered nation-wide interest. Youngkin had already made Loudoun County Public Schools a target of his campaign, arguing against a curriculum teaching students about racial inequity.

“One of the reasons Virginians get so fed up with government is the lack of transparency—and that’s a big issue here … Loudoun County Public Schools covered up a sexual assault on school grounds for political gain, leading to an additional assault of a young girl,” Miyares said in a statement Saturday.

Miyares’ announcement came just a day after LCPS released a statement about an independent investigation into the handling of the assaults. The findings, the division said, will not be made public for the sake of the victims’ families’ privacy.

In 2021, then-Gov. Ralph Northam made masks a requirement for public schools in the commonwealth. During an operational update on Jan. 11, Loudoun County Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler said that masks would remain a requirement in school buildings regardless of changes at the state level. Ziegler said LCPS would continue to follow CDC and state Department of Health guidance, which currently call for masks in schools.

The Critical Race Theory ban has more vague implications for the school division. While teacher trainings address racial equity and some programs are labeled in political circles as Critical Race Theory, the theory is not taught as curriculum in classrooms. It is not yet clear whether the ban will influence how social studies and history are currently taught.

22 thoughts on “Youngkin Asks Miyares to Investigate Loudoun Schools

  • 2022-01-15 at 6:12 pm

    If the Lo Co School Board Report on the Sex Assaults made the Lo Co School Board and/or the Superintendent look good the report would be made public.

  • 2022-01-15 at 6:19 pm

    There was no coverup at LCPS. How dare Miyares declare the existence of one before he even begins investigating? The dude hasn’t a clue. How can anyone have confidence his probe will be open-minded & impartial? As for Youngkin, he was awful today. His get-up was a throwback to dark times in Virginia. I couldn’t believe he claimed he’ll take politics out of the schools. I can’t think of a bigger political animal than Youngkin. His campaign benefited from dirty tricks, including the lie of a Trans predator roaming Loudoun schools. On a brighter note, Happy MLK Day Loudoun!

    • 2022-01-17 at 12:07 pm

      I’m super-curious…. How do you know there was no “cover up?”

      • 2022-01-17 at 5:55 pm

        When the FBI is aware of a rape the same day it occurs — and both parents of the victim are promptly summoned to the school — and LCSO is immediately involved — I feel confident in saying there was no coverup.

    • 2022-01-17 at 2:46 pm

      As per Ziegler there was no assault either. Yet the report that he sponsored is not to be released ? What ? Oh and Youngkin wore the same inaugural attire that Northam more. Was that a “throw back” ?
      “Happy Clueless Shill Day Loudoun”

    • 2022-01-18 at 9:25 am

      Regarding Governor Youngkin’s “get up.”
      It’s obvious that you’re inferring that his clothing represents some sinister racist symbolism.

      Go back and look at the pictures from Northam’s inauguration.
      And McAuliffe’s.
      And Kaine’s.
      And Warner’s.

      Were they all celebrating the “dark times of Virginia,” too?

  • 2022-01-15 at 6:44 pm

    To quote an old Judy Collins song, “Send in the Clowns”. Stunkin is in office a matter of hours and he is already making VA the laughingstock of the nation and putting us on the same level as DUH-Santis, Kristi No-Mind, Kemp and the others who think they know better how to fight a worldwide pandemic. VA got “fleeced” for sure with Stunkin, and you will see it play out for the next four years. Elections do have consequences, and we will witness it. And shame on Miyares firing 30 people in the AG Office, for what reason? They were doing good work to end discrimination in Richmond Housing, and this guy with not a clue how to govern just cleans house? He should know better, but I guess if Stunkin is governor and Miyares is AG, God help us all.

  • 2022-01-15 at 6:48 pm

    It cannot come soon enough. And it shouldn’t be limited to the sexual assaults from the gender fluid boy in 2021.

    They should also investigate the conduct of their ROTC instructor of years past who had many allegations of sexual assaults against him.

    And investigate LCPS putting a teacher who failed a polygraph in the Jane Doe case, where MANY more came forward about his conduct outside the Doe case.

    This district is rotten to its core. Your kids are NOT safe as long as Ziegler, Morse, Sheridan and the rest of the crooks are in the LCPS castle.

  • 2022-01-15 at 7:19 pm

    I dislike and distrust this school board but for the AG to announce an investigation and in the same announcement say there was a cover up makes me lack trust of the investigation.

  • 2022-01-15 at 7:47 pm

    The best disinfectant is sunlight and Mr. Ziegler and the school board desperately need a strong light shone on their actions over the past year. The board and Ziegler ought to resign and safe the county any further mismanagement and grief.

  • 2022-01-16 at 1:21 pm

    “Loudoun County Public Schools covered up a sexual assault on school grounds for political gain, leading to an additional assault of a young girl,”

    Kinda sounds like the Dude has already made his mind up. Weak brew.

  • 2022-01-16 at 3:37 pm

    Ah, so good to have Republicans back in charge. We can spend all our time and money fighting these ginned up battles and meanwhile the 1% can continue grinding us in the dust with tax cuts for the well-off and nothing at all for the working men and women of the state. Wake up, Virginia. We’re in the midst of a pandemic and Critical Race Theory is the issue at the top of the Governor’s list? Amazing…sad, but amazing none the less.

  • 2022-01-16 at 4:41 pm

    OK. Enough with the local bravado. LCPS and its leadership is DIRECTLY UNDER THE STATE OF VA D.O.E. not the federal government or any of its executive agencies. I think the school board should know that by now.
    Second, Even if policy 8080 was not a thing the apparent decision NOT to immediately transfer a troubled or in trouble student to Douglas which was set up precisely to handle such events is the first question of competent handling of a pretty obvious situation.
    Where is the BOS on challenging the absurd (my opinion after chairing the finance committee for 7 of the 8 years I was on the school board) request for a nearly 8% raise in the yearly budget. Please re-read state statute 22.-79 and ask why the state put in “UTMOST EFFICIENCY” in the statute as a mandate for school board management?
    Finally, I am surprised LCPS didn’t already announce Tuesday schools will be closed and I doubt the janitors or any third party has even been asked to clear the snow as it accumulates tonight or tomorrow morning rather than just wait until Tuesday to start the clean-up allowing for further delays and an extra long weekend for staff. 🙂

    • 2022-01-17 at 4:32 pm

      If there were a Democratic governor, you would be arguing that the local school board has authority to control the operations of its schools, not the state.

  • 2022-01-17 at 12:05 pm

    Remember when the Leftie loons celebrated former Virginia AG Herring’s “investigation” into LCPS’ systemic racist admission policies at AoL?

  • 2022-01-17 at 4:46 pm

    This is great news. No Cover up? Where were you on June 22? Can’t wait.

  • 2022-01-18 at 3:19 pm

    A little bit of sunshine helps the medicine go down…

  • 2022-01-18 at 4:52 pm

    Whenever a sexual assault occurs, it is just not the physical and mental harm they have caused but the perpetrator could cause the victim’s demise. The victim may contract herpes, hiv, hepatitis which can all be deadly. They suffer a lifetime of challenges and these perpetrators should be made to pay for their crime to equate what the victim will experience. No school should ever place a child at risk, ever. There are no excuses and for it to have happened twice; it needs to be investigated and disclosed to every parent and the community at large.

    For parents who care to read the complaint submitted recently against Albemarle County Public Schools you can read the PDF on line. God bless us as parents take their God given rights back. End paternalism now.

  • 2022-01-19 at 7:08 am

    “There was no coverup at LCPS. How dare Miyares declare the existence of one before he even begins investigating? ” Timmy.

    Don’t let the facts get in the way there. The stench is overwhelming.

    We are all optimistic that our new gov will investigate and clean up the Loudoun Clown Show.

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