Stone Bridge High School, where a male student raped a 15-year-old girl in the girls’ bathroom last year in an incident the district tried to cover up, is now suspending students for a minimum of 10 days for not wearing a mask – even though a new order from Virginia’s governor bans forced masking of children.
Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) administrators at both the elementary and high school levels (ie., starting when a child is five years old) have threatened parents with suspension and trespassing charges for students who attempt to come back to school. This comes just two weeks after Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order guaranteed parents and students the right to decide individually whether to wear a mask in school, after it was previously required statewide under former Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat. Loudoun County has chosen to force all children to wear masks, in defiance of Youngkin’s order.
After an 11th-grader was suspended for 10 days for not wearing a mask, her parents were informed she could be charged with “trespassing” if she tried to attend school without a mask covering her face. The suspension will end once she “is in compliance with LCPS mitigation policies.” If not, however, the school will take more measures against the student after the 10-day period.
Janet Davidson, the assistant principal of the district’s Creighton’s Corner Elementary School, informed parents that students who comply with Youngkin’s executive order and show up to school without a face mask will be suspended and may face trespassing charges.
“It’s stated in the letter that she’ll receive, but it’s important that I point out to you that they are not allowed on campus or on Loudoun County Public School property. Starting tomorrow, it will be considered trespassing,” Davidson said. “The guidelines that we’re receiving from the county is student suspensions will end as soon as they are fully following mitigation policies.”
Meanwhile, NFL player Jonathan Allen was more than welcome to walk Stone Bridge High School’s hallowed halls maskless to hand out new swag from the Washington, D.C. football team, which changed its name this week to become the Washington Commanders.
According to a report by The Daily Caller’s Chrissy Clark, the seriousness of the charge of trespassing in Virginia is worth noting. Trespassing could be considered a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is the most intense of its kind, “punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both.”
This new suspension policy reflects ramped-up efforts against maskless students, compared to schools’ earlier attempts to remove students from class and force them to sit alone in another part of the building.
The state’s Republican attorney general, Jason Miyares, along with Youngkin and the superintendent of public instruction, filed a motion last week to join Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) parents in a lawsuit against their school board for actively ignoring the governor’s executive order.
Miyares began an ongoing investigation into Loudoun County Public Schools last month for the district’s role in covering up multiple allegations of sexual assaults beginning well before last summer.
“Virginians have dealt with the horrific aftermath of these scandals, without understanding how or why they were able to happen. Virginians deserve answers – they want transparency and accountability,” Miyares said.
LCPS has been the subject of vast media attention in the last year, including over the parental fight to remove critical race theory from curricula. Last summer, the school system garnered negative attention for covering up an incident in which a student raped a girl in the girl’s bathroom. After the assault, the district then quietly transferred the boy to another school without punishment. He then sexually assaulted another girl in his new school.
Meanwhile, when the original victim’s father expressed anger at a school board meeting after the board’s insistence that “we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms,” he was bloodied and dragged out of the meeting.
After parents raised concerns about this and other subject matter at school board meetings, the board worked to paint them as domestic terrorists. All of this lined up with a September letter sent from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to President Joe Biden requesting an investigation into parents like the Loudoun father. The letter, which accused parents of “domestic terrorism,” was later revealed to be requested by Biden Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
This obvious double standard won’t suffice for long. If there’s anything we’ve learned from the parents of Loudoun County, it’s that they’re not backing down on their children’s health and well-being. Two years of seven-hour school days, humiliating muzzled children for the satisfaction of ignorant and egotistical school board members, is enough.