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Loudoun County Public-School System Suddenly Discovers Due Process

An anti-critical race theory sign is held at a Loudon County School board meeting in Ashburn, Va., June 22, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

As I noted on the Corner yesterday, Virginia’s Loudoun County public-school system has been inundated by an explosion of negative media coverage surrounding credible allegations that school officials covered for a transgender student accused of raping a ninth-grade girl in the women’s bathroom — and aggressively prosecuted the victim’s father for his angry response. Now, LCPS has released a vague, bureaucratic statement that says a lot of words without saying almost anything at all. 

National Review’s Caroline Downey ably covered the finer details of the statement already, so I’ll just note the irony of the school board’s sudden concern for ensuring that “students have not been deprived of due process,” not to mention “the integrity of the criminal investigation” and “resolution process.” I’m sure Scott Smith, the alleged victim’s father, would have loved some of that sober commitment to procedural integrity and due process when the Loudoun County prosecutor — who is closely aligned with progressive school-board members and officials — retaliated against his attempts to tell the story of his daughter’s sexual assault by trying to put him in jail.

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