Letter: Ken Reid, McLean 

Editor: I was in Leesburg last Tuesday and attended a parents rally at the School Board admin building in Ashburn, which I saw advertised on Facebook.

It was held during the School Board’s business meeting, so I decided to go inside the building to check out the discussion.

I have been in that building dozens of times —my kids attended Loudoun County Schools and I co-chaired the Joint Board of Supervisors School Board Committee. But never did I or members of the public have to walk through a metal detector and empty their pockets like I had to do to get into the meeting.

There were at least seven armed guards, too. And, the dais where the board members sit was cordoned off so no member of the public can go up to them during breaks or when the meeting adjourns.

Never in my 10 years serving on the Leesburg Town Council or Loudoun Board of Supervisors did we require this kind of security and we had numerous controversial topics and tense meetings with speakers spewing emotion and anger. Yes, law enforcement was in the room, but never did we cordon ourselves off from the public or media.  

This School Board seems more concerned about its security than that of the students who’ve been sexually assaulted in the schools.

What are these people afraid of? I recognize tensions have been high, even before that June 2021 meeting which ended in a raucous. I recognize a number of members have received threats, but let’s examine why.

It’s because these parents are upset and frustrated at what is being taught to their kids, notably, the sexualized books and materials. They feel ignored and sidelined, and when children are at stake, citizens can be doubly angry and upset.

But have any of these School Board members met behind closed doors with any of these people to talk about their concerns, or are these taxpayers only allowed to address them for one or two minutes behind a microphone during public comment and with armed guards watching them? In my experience, a number of electeds tune these people out anyway during public comment.

And, I was informed that only one School Board member has held town halls with a variety of constituents. That’s pretty sad, if true.

Did any of these School Board members learn about “conflict resolution,” or, are they so fearful of insulting the NAACP and anti-racist base and unions, who support the lowering of standards at the Loudoun Academies and other efforts to remap the curriculum to indoctrinate kids into thinking whites are evil oppressors and blacks and brown people are perpetual victims of “institutional racism” and “white privilege”?

Is this where one of Virginia’s best school systems is these days? I am so glad my kids are not in LCPS today.

Or, perhaps these board members are so confident they will be re-elected in 2023 that they can behave in this arrogant smug way and continue to kick dirt in the faces of their opponents?   

This School Board needs to look at history and start talking to the folks and get a meeting of the minds, if this is possible.

Loudoun saw a Democrat-Independent Board of Supervisors get thrown out in 2003 for kicking dirt in the faces of the property rights activists opposing downzoning and then the GOP board elected that year was thrown out in 2007 for kicking dirt in the faces of folks concerned about rampant growth and collusion with developers.

But do the liberals in power really think this is the end of competitive elections here? We shall find out with the November special elections for School Board openings in Broad Run and Leesburg.

As it says in Proverbs: “Pride goes before ruin, Arrogance, before failure.” History is replete with politicians who lose their seats for being arrogant, aloof and dismissive

Ken Reid, McLean 

15 thoughts on “Letter: Ken Reid, McLean 

  • 2022-09-20 at 11:17 am

    Loudoun’s elementary schools still have no SROs, yet the School Board has been turned into an armed defensive position.

    We see whats really important to these people. It isn’t our kids.

  • 2022-09-20 at 11:33 am

    I can’t blame the school board for desiring increased security. Multiple board members have received death threats. (One person threatened to “gut” Brenda Sheridan.) The extremists are upset because their blatant racism, sexism & Transphobia won’t be tolerated any longer. Sometimes they resort to violence to get their way (e.g. Charlottesville). With any luck, they’ll realize their bigotry is for the birds. Welcome to Fall Loudoun!

    • 2022-09-20 at 10:30 pm

      Viewing constituents as “bigots” “extremists” Racists and sexists is the first problem. The School Board created this with their kowtowing to Michelle THomas and the NAACP/anti-racist radicals and failing to even MEET with some of these concerned parents privately to have a decent discussion vs. just having folks lob verbal hand grenades at the board for one or two minutes during public comment. But we have an election this fall and one in 2023. It];s just a shame these politicians (i dread calling them School board members) are looking at that vs. trying to quell the hysteria and angst.

    • 2022-09-22 at 1:01 pm

      Shame on you Timmy for name calling concerned parents as “extremists, bigots, racist, sexist, and transphobic.”..
      Parents expect their elected education officials to stick to educating ( not indoctrinating) their kids. They expect elected officials to welcome their input and the school system to be open about what they are doing.
      Parents have been let down by this school board and are frustrated.
      Resorting to the go-to liberal name-calling is pathetic.

  • 2022-09-20 at 11:34 am

    Sadly, these leftists exist in a bubble. They think they know what’s best for us and will do it to… not for… us by hook or by crook. This whole education issue has created a cross-party coalition because there is a basic thing for everyone regardless of political affiliation: they want a good education for their children because they understand that without one their children will not have a chance to succeed later in life. Everything the leftists have done flies in the face of that because it is more concerned with teaching Critical Race Applied Principles, or CRAP (Critical Race Theory is a law school class). When lessons are designed around teaching that the color of one’s skin will dictate if they are an “oppressor” or “oppressed,” you alter the definition of success and lower the standards.

  • 2022-09-20 at 11:54 am

    Former LoCo resident, Ken Reid, never misses the opportunity to offer a long-winded diatribe as he rages against the liberal machine.
    Just a guess here, but I’m betting happy hour with Eugene Delgaudio was on his schedule that night as well. You know, reliving their glory days and all.
    Hearing from Ken is the equivalent of having an old toilet that continually runs but won’t fully flush.

  • 2022-09-20 at 12:50 pm

    Well Ken,

    The protections might be because the ring wing has been threatening the school board for over a year. One school board member resigned after police protection was removed from her house without notice and in the middle of the night. And despite e-mails, and even handwritten notes threatening to kill them and their children, the republican sheriff has not managed to charge one single person.

    It might also be, because a quick tour of the parking lot during that rally you attended would reveal cars plastered with stickers representing extreme right wing groups, including fascists and militias.

    I wish you would run out here again, so i could vote against you.

    • 2022-09-20 at 10:26 pm

      And, why is this so? DId you ever think these politicians (and that’s what they are, not “school board” members) brought this upon themselves by Refusing to meet privately with these people to talk about their concerns? So, when people are angry and upset, they often resort to brass tactics. Forcing people to speak to an emotionless board for one or 2 minutes is not the way to deal with your constituents. Brenda Sheridan, in particular, has turned into cold-hearted bureaucrat, especially the way she shut down that public comment period in June 2021 vs. just having the Sheriff clear the room of people who were making noise. and, the court ruled against them for doing that. Again, I have seen what happens when people get dirt kicked in their faces by politicians, and it’s ugly — especially when they perceive their kids are being harmed. So, if you have any influence with these people, perhaps you can advise them to try to quell the hostility by just having some face to face meetings with them privately.

      • 2022-09-21 at 10:45 am

        “Brought it on themselves”? So, death threats against elected officials and their families is justified? Thanks, Ken – you just said the quiet part out loud.
        New headline – “Former Elected Republican Official Endorses Death Threats Against School Board.”

        • 2022-09-23 at 12:29 pm

          Typical leftist… jumping to extremes and putting words in other people’s mouths.

  • 2022-09-20 at 2:02 pm

    The boards have decided to treat their constituents as terrorists. Erecting a wall of separation between elected officials, who are public servants, and the people they serve is a terrible idea that is likely to have very negative consequences for everyone. But the Loudoun County School Board and the Commonwealth Attorney were key players in the US DOJ demonizing parents as domestic terrorists. It’s shameful and smacks of tyranny.

  • 2022-09-21 at 1:06 pm

    Maybe you and Eugene and others should have appreciated what you had in terms of school board members in the early 2000’s! Have you tried to walk into the BOS gov’t building lately? 🙂 Would your fellow BOS members reveled in the new tax funds from big tech (cloud computing) or spent the new funds on removing statues and changing road names? Do you remember fighting the improvements to Route 15 north of Leesburg? It is still heavily congested EVERY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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