2 Former Teachers Claim Retaliation

Loudoun County Public Schools is accused of retaliating against two women who say there were assaulted by elementary school special education students, but the superintendent is denying those allegations.

During last night’s School Board meeting, two teachers delivered public comment, claiming that they were assaulted by students in their special education classrooms in an LCPS elementary school.

The teacher said that she experienced “fondling, groping, sexualized facial and hand gestures toward me, other teachers, and students” while working in a special education classroom.

During her comment, she began to identify the action taken by administrators, including that the student had been moved to another classroom. Chairman Jeff Morse (Dulles) interrupted, indicating that her comments were bordering on violating students’ privacy rights.

Members of the crowd jeered and shouted “let her finish.”

“If we have interruptions, I will have you escorted out,” Morse said.

The teacher said that she was fired after her employer launched a “smear campaign” against her.

She also said that she was subpoenaed to testify to the special grand jury investigating the division’s handling of multiple sexual assaults in two different Ashburn high schools. 

Her comments were followed by comment from her teaching assistant. The assistant said that prior to the pair sharing the incidents in the classroom, she had received excellent reviews from her employer, until a meeting regarding her termination.

“At that meeting my principle said, ‘it didn’t have to look like this, but you made choices,’” the assistant said.

Executive Director of Fight for Schools Ian Prior told the board during the March 22 School Board meeting about the teachers being inappropriately touched.

“I believe I’ve given you all the information to track this down and solve it tonight, but if you don’t, you know how to get in touch with me,” he said. He added that the situation was a hostile work environment. 

During the meeting, Superintendent Scott Ziegler made a statement alluding to the allegations of retaliation.

“While our obligations regarding confidentiality and student privacy preclude us from providing additional details regarding this matter, LCPS investigates and addresses all concerns that are brought to our attention,” he said.

The teachers’ and elementary school names are not being published to protect the identities of the special education students involved in the allegations. 

No reports were filed with law enforcement following the incidents involving students.

The allegations come as the school division reports  a perception of increasingly challenging student behavior among teachers.

While no explanation was provided from LCPS to the public about the firings, teachers speaking out about specific incidents involving their students may violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Division spokesman Wayde Byard would not comment on the specifics of the allegations, citing student and employee privacy rights.

22 thoughts on “2 Former Teachers Claim Retaliation

  • 2022-06-08 at 4:04 pm
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    Good lord is LCPS an embarrassment. We have administrators and board members who are more focused on shutting down people from speaking during a public forum than actually running a competent school system. Every member…EVERY member of the LCSB needs to be voted out and replaced with those who just want to re-establish a school system that actually teaches our children versus creating activists of social causes. The superintendent must be fired immediately. He already has one cover-up under his belt, and sounds like another one he is try to sweep under the rug. We have become a laughing stock of a school system, and quite frankly, county.

  • 2022-06-08 at 4:19 pm
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    LCPS has been engaging in retaliatory practices for decades. When will finally see LCPS administrators in jail?

  • 2022-06-08 at 5:08 pm
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    “While our obligations regarding confidentiality and student privacy preclude us from providing additional details regarding this matter, LCPS investigates and addresses all concerns that are brought to our attention,” he said. ”

    Ziegler has proven to be a liar. Yet, we’re supposed to believe him now? Not a chance.

    Now teachers are seeing the full weight of the good ole’ boy education industrial complex. Step off the reservation of approved thought, and you’ll be crushed by the establishment. Even San Francisco was able to kick three SB members to the curb. Loudoun deserves so much better than this.

  • 2022-06-08 at 7:54 pm
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    Watching these teachers being disrespected by zigler was awful to watch. It comes on the heels of a letter to the editor noting the administration does not respect its teachers. I could hear the spite in zigler’s voice as he tore down these two ladies who were sexually assaulted by students and he did nothing about it but fire the teachers. and the school board thinks this is acceptable….quite a shame.

  • 2022-06-08 at 8:54 pm
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    LCPS is reprehensible. Let’s be clear. Title IX forbids any type of retaliation. That doesn’t just apply to confidential reports to your supervisor. You can literally picket the employer for discriminating based on race (Title VIi) or sex (Title IX) and they cannot lift a finger against them.

    The standard for deciding these cases is known as the My Healthy standard. Even if LCPS has some basis for firing them (no evidence to believe they do), a jury could still determine the reason they were fired is because they spoke out. Given that principal’s statement, who in their right mind would believe LCPS?

  • 2022-06-09 at 7:12 am
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    With all due respect, methinks these ladies protest too much. It’s too simplistic to claim LCPS fired them because they testified before the grand jury. Say what you will about Dr. Ziegler, but he’s not that stupid. No, I think it’s much more likely they violated FERPA rules. (And they bordered on violating them once again Tuesday evening.) Sad to say, many folks seem to want their 15 minutes of fame on the backs of LCPS & its wonderful students. On a brighter note, Happy Farm Workers Day Loudoun!

    • 2022-06-09 at 5:22 pm
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      Whoa, there, Tim. Did you just accuse two female teachers of lying? You sound like a misogynistic dinosaur. I think you’re forgetting that this is the “Me Too” era and all women are to be believed all the time. At least, that’s what I learned during Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.

      • 2022-06-10 at 1:58 pm
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        Please allow me to clarify. I’m not denying the two women were sexually assaulted by a student. And I’m willing to believe it occurred hundreds of times (as the teaching assistant indicated on Fox news). However, I find it far-fetched in the extreme that Dr. Ziegler would fire them simply because they testified before a grand jury. He denies doing so. And until I see evidence to the contrary, I believe him. Happy Fruits & Vegetables Month Loudoun!

        • 2022-06-12 at 8:16 am
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          The evidence is that Ziegler has proven himself to be a serial liar.
          Good grief.

      • 2022-06-10 at 2:27 pm
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        Leesburg Mum has a point.

        Most people did find Christine Margaret Blasey Ford’s testimony that Bret Kavanaugh assaulted her when she was a teenager, very believable.

  • 2022-06-09 at 7:56 am
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    How Superintendent Scott Ziegler remains in this position is amazing. I guess he can’t resign until he changes his name so he can get another job.

  • 2022-06-09 at 11:53 am
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    This is an example where government still can’t function no matter how much money they have at their disposal.
    Kids in special education classes are very difficult and take a lot of patience…more than your typical classroom. I appreciate these teachers that work with these kids. You would think that the school superintendent would take this into consideration and address these two teachers concerns between them, the principal and the parents. Maybe offer these teachers to be reassigned? There must be more to this story, but this adds to LCPS’s poor reputation under Ziegler.

  • 2022-06-09 at 12:13 pm
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    I think the old saying, where there is smoke there is fire applies to the LCSB. Too many accusations and hiding of investigations. If they have nothing to hide be transparent and put it all out there.

  • 2022-06-09 at 3:32 pm
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    Power mad Chairman Jeff Morse threatens to have speakers escorted out. Why don’t you do it yourself instead of hiding behind Sheriff’s Deputies? You and the rest of the LCSB are cowards. Another question needs to be asked, where did these kids learn this behavior? In the home? From their parents? Siblings? This isn’t learned behavior on itself, it’s taught at home.

  • 2022-06-09 at 4:14 pm
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    LCPS in the news again. Something is wrong when you are in the news this often. It’s time for right the ship and hire a new Superintendent. There is no other public school system that has had as much negative publicity than LCPS.

    • 2022-06-10 at 10:30 am
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      In IT, we usually say, “Don’t put the company in the news for the wrong reasons.” If people turn on the Six O’clock News and see, “IT firm MajorISP suffered a major outage today. They say an errant database change caused millions of customers to lose their service for several hours this morning,” or something similar, then you and your change put the company in the news for the wrong reason. Turn on the news and hear, “IT firm MajorISP launched a new program for their customers today that improves their services,” and you and your team just put them in a good light.

      The LCSB is well-known around the country… and not for the “new program that improves customers’ services.” This LCSB has become a laughingstock around the country because they keep putting us in the news for the wrong reasons. We are seeing enrollment drop, education quality and standards being lowered… but I’ll bet every child could tell you whether they are oppressors or oppressed because of external appearances. Get rid of these bums at the next election.

    • 2022-06-10 at 4:07 pm
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      Ziegler has done nothing positive for the school system. He has fostered an environment of disrespect for teachers who face more than anyone in the central office would ever believe. Morale is the lowest it’s ever been among school staff and there is no support from administration nor the Board.

      The bad publicity involving LCPS has been worldwide for heaven’s sake. Ziegler needs to resign or be terminated so the school system can start over with a clean slate. Remember, he was brought into LCPS by the last clown of a superintendent- Eric Williams.

  • 2022-06-09 at 4:42 pm
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    The grievance against teachers and exposing the good students to the ill behaviors is called restorative justice. It is a huge reason why women are leaving this field. These women have their master’s degree with certificates and are treated shamefully by their administrators and by the behavioral students that are permitted to return to the classroom within minutes of their referral. The lack of respect towards these professionals is oppressing huge groups of women that are afraid to speak out because of intimidation from their superiors and yes, other teachers that are complacent. We live in a 3rd world country and won’t admit it. They are purposefully driving teachers away so they can hire internationally just like they have in our hospitals. These foreigners are oppressed and will accept unsafe assignments, won’t break the chain of command and will not be part of an interdisciplinary team. JACHO has been worthless. Women’s professions need the good men to help push back and correct these harassing behaviors. Where are the good men? Where are the lawyers? Won’t you step up and help these educators?

  • 2022-06-12 at 8:55 am
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    Ziegler is a proven liar. FACT
    He is lying again. Soon to be proved a FACT

    He protects criminals in Loudoun County.

    Ziegler endangers school kids AND teachers.

    He should be FLUSHED along with the entire school board.

  • 2022-06-12 at 9:49 am
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    Let me guess, Ziegler will bring in some outside investigators of his choice and then declare the report confidential. Rinse, repeat.

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