The superintendent of Loudoun County, Virginia public schools has apologized for making misleading statements about alleged sexual assaults by the same boy in high school.
According to reports, the boy assaulted a girl in a high school bathroom and then was allowed to go back to high school while the case was under criminal investigation, where he allegedly assaulted another girl just months later.
Yet when asked about the alleged assaults at a public meeting in recent weeks, superintendent Scott Ziegler had said he was unaware of any incidences.
After reporting by The Daily Wire, Ziegler issued a statement claiming he had wrongly interpreted the question at the meeting.
He also seemed to admit that the proper reporting was not done. Ziegler said "errors" were made "in our state reporting regarding disciplinary incidents in schools...That is extremely concerning, and we are taking steps to make sure that process is improved."
He said that he did not think the lack of reporting was intentional or part of a coverup.
I regret that my comments were misleading, and I apologize for the distress that error caused families. I should have asked Board Member [Beth] Barts clarifying questions to get to the root of her question, rather than assuming what she meant. I will do better in the future...Let me say to the families and students involved: My heart aches for you, and I am sorry that we failed to provide the safe, welcoming, and affirming environment that we aspire to provide.Scott Ziegler, Loudoun Co. School Superintendent
The father of one of the alleged girls who was attacked at school appeared at a school board meeting over the summer to hear about the district's controversial decision to allow boys to use the girls' bathrooms. He said his daughter had been attacked by a boy in the girls' restroom.
Loudoun County schools have also been the center of pitched battles over teachers and educators who are receiving training in Critical Race Theory at taxpayer expense. Six school board members and the Commonwealth attorney were found to have been members of a controversial Facebook group that targeted parents opposed to Critical Race Theory.