UPDATED 7:11 PM PT – Thursday, December 8, 2022
Loudoun County School Board has fired Superintendent Scott Zeigler after the special grand jury investigated the handling of two sexual assaults.
A report was released on Monday by a special grand jury which was based on the Loudoun County Public School District’s handling of two sexual assaults that were committed by the same student on school grounds.
The report also revealed that the district was more interested in their own best interests instead of its students and that the school system had “failed at every juncture.”
Last year at a school board meeting, the father of one of the victims had accused the district of covering up his daughter’s sexual assault. After the incident, the suspect was transferred to a different school, where again he assaulted a girl and ended up facing charges in both cases.
The father was arrested and convicted in a District Court of two misdemeanors because of his outburst. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and subsequently appealed his convictions in Circuit Court, where his case was thrown out.
At the board meeting, Zeigler had denied the assault, and said that “the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist.”
The report resulted in Zeigler’s dismissal. It also included eight recommendations for the district to increase school safety, transparency, and communication.