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School board member Beth Barts (Leesburg) tendered her resignation letter to Superintendent Scott Ziegler, effective Nov. 2, after over a year of turmoil, including an attempt to remove her from office and the district facing a sexual assault scandal.
“This was not an easy decision or a decision made in haste. After much thought and careful consideration, it is the right decision for me and my family,” she said in her statement.
She is 50 years old.
In May, the 15-year-old daughter of Scott Smith reported to teachers that she’d been raped by a boy ‘wearing a skirt’ who was allowed into the girls’ bathroom under the policy.
The school – Stone Bridge – says it reported the incident to police, but the school board – which covers all of the schools in the district – claims none of its members knew about it until the girl’s father went public this week in the media.
On June 22, Ziegler told a crowded meeting full of angry parents that there had been no reports of any transgender sexual assaults in the bathrooms.
Now, Smith says he intends to sue.
The boy who raped his daughter also allegedly attacked another girl at a different school in the district. He is in juvenile detention now, awaiting his next court date.
On June 22, Ziegler said: ‘To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.’
He then went further, calling it a debunked theory that a transgender person is more likely to assault a cisgender person sexually and that the ‘predatory trans person does not exist.’
‘I think it’s important to keep our perspective on this, we’ve heard it several times tonight from our public speakers but the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist,’ he said.
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The news of Barts’ resignation comes during a trying week for the school district. The school district’s latest scandal involved the alleged rape of a Stone Bridge High School student on May 28. On Oct. 7, a student at Broad Run High School was allegedly assaulted by the same person, though the school district will not confirm it was the same student involved in both incidents.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell said he could not comment on the matter, citing state code that seals cases involving juveniles.
Ziegler finally spoke on Friday about the explosive May 28 incident. The 15-year-old girl told teachers she had been raped by a boy who accessed the girls’ bathrooms under the school board’s progressive transgender bathroom policy.
He did not resign – as parents had requested – and instead apologized for ‘misleading’ them on June 22 when he told a crowded meeting that there had been no sex assaults on campus by transgender kids and that predatory transgender people ‘do not exist.’
‘I regret that my comments were misleading and I apologize for the distress they caused families,’ he said.
‘To the families and students involved, my heart aches for you. I am sorry that we failed to provide the safe, welcoming, and affirming environment that we aspire to provide.
‘We acknowledge and share in your pain and we will continue to offer you support to help your families through this trauma,’ he said.
Ziegler’s apology came as Beth Barts, a board member, resigned.