gender-affirmation policies and alleged critical race theory (CRT)
curriculum has been accused by a parent of teaching primary schoolers
that white people are “born evil.”
Board meeting last week, a mother revealed that she had pulled her
children from the county’s public school system after her six-year-old
daughter asked her last year if she was “born evil because she was a white person.” The child had apparently learned this in a history lesson taught at her former school.
of the incident was widely shared over the weekend. It showed the
unidentified woman accusing the Loudoun County Public School (LCPS)
board of allegedly forcing its “uncompromising political agenda” on parents. Claiming that the board was “[destroying] our schools,” she called on its members to resign over a series of recent scandals.
the last month, the national spotlight has been trained on Loudoun
County after school administrators reportedly covered up a sexual
assault by a supposedly ‘gender-fluid’ student. The unnamed “boy in a skirt”
was convicted last week of forcible sodomy and forcible fellatio in
relation to the rape of a teenage girl at Stone Bridge High School in
May. While that incident was being investigated, he was quietly
transferred to Broad Run High School, where he allegedly assaulted
another student on October 6.
In August, the LCPS board enforced
policy proposal 8040 – a directive that requires district schools to
affirm the preferred gender of students by calling them their chosen
pronouns and allowing them access to gender-restricted areas, such as
locker rooms and bathrooms.
Last week, students at Broad Run staged a walkout to protest the school board’s policy as “enabling” behavior. At a previous school board meeting last month, an angry parent said the policy was “rushed through to a vote without consideration for the safety of all students, simply to satisfy a liberal agenda.”
A series of contentious school meetings in recent months has laid
bare the tensions surrounding the policy, which has seen at least one
teacher resign after refusing to “push highly politicized agendas”
on students. Another teacher who refused to abide by the policy on
account of his religious beliefs was suspended by the board, but a court
later ordered his reinstatement on First Amendment grounds.
the National School Board Association (NSBA) appeared to smear the
first victim’s family and other concerned parents as “domestic terrorists”
in a controversial letter to the White House that requested FBI
involvement after alleged threats to LCPS board members. After criticism
from some 20 state school board associations, the NSBA partially
apologized for the letter, blaming renegade leaders and expressing
remorse at “some of the language” it used.
But the debate
over schooling in Loudoun County is not limited to trans issues.
Critics of the board are accusing it of adopting ideology-driven
agendas, like shaping the curriculum in line with CRT. The LCPS board
has denied embracing the highly controversial view of American history
and society, which states that the country was founded on
institutionalized racism that needs to be dismantled.
school board member Beth Barts is expected to step down on Tuesday,
after announcing her resignation last month, parents and other critics
have repeatedly called on LCPS Superintendent Scott Ziegler to resign.
May, Ziegler emailed the school board about the sexual assault at Stone
Bridge High School, but claimed at a June school board meeting that the
“predator transgender student or person simply does not exist” and that there was not “any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.” He later apologized but insisted there was no cover-up.