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The family of a teenage girl who was raped in her high school bathroom by a ‘male student wearing a skirt’ have launched a $30 million lawsuit.

Scott Smith, the victim’s father, alleges that Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia failed to adequately investigate his daughter’s claims and attempted to cover up the sexual assault.  

He claims a biological male, who was wearing a skirt in a women’s bathroom, raped his daughter in the girls’ bathroom at Stone Bridge High School in May 2021. 

The sexual assault was one of two committed by the same student. The second occurred at Broad Run High School in an empty classroom October 2021. 

Their attacker, who was 15 at the time, has been convicted as a juvenile for both crimes.

Smith’s daughter ‘struggled academically, emotionally and physically for the remainder of the school year’ and she ‘continues to struggle significantly,’ according to the complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. 

Scott Smith (pictured) alleges Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia failed to investigate his daughter’s claims and tried to cover up the sexual assault

The attacker, who was wearing a skirt in a women’s bathroom, was accused of raping Smith’s daughter in the girls’ bathroom at Stone Bridge High School in May 2021 

A woman holds a sign as Loudoun County School Board members vote to enact Policy 8040 amid protests over the two sexual attacks in 2021

Amy Jahr sings the Star Spangled Banner after a meeting was halted by the school board because the crowd refused to quiet down

Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler

The details of the issue became a flashpoint in the national debate over allowing transgender students to use bathrooms, play sports and go by names and gender pronouns that reflect their gender identity with protests ignited at LCPS board meetings.

Still, the assaults appear to have little to do with the attacker´s gender identity, according to documents filed with the family´s lawsuit. 

Teachers say he preferred and requested male pronouns, according to the report. 

Dan Adams, a spokesperson for the school system in the wealthy Washington suburbs, said it does not comment on pending legal matters. 

A law firm’s investigation, requested by the school board, found ‘no evidence that the perpetrator identified as a female or that he wore a skirt or kilt in an effort to gain access to the girls’ bathrooms’.

A policy that expanded access for transgender students to school facilities was not in place at the time of the assault.

The attacker and his victim had agreed to meet in a Stone Bridge High School bathroom before the May assault occurred, according to an investigation conducted by a Loudoun County grand jury.

The report accused the school system superintendent, Scott Ziegler, of lying about the May assault at a school board meeting in June 2021. 

It is alleged that because Loudoun County Public Schools had been considering a new bathroom policy for transgender students when the assault took place, the superintendent lied to the public to cover up what occurred.

Parents and community members attend a Loudoun County School Board meeting which included a discussion about the academic doctrine known as Critical Race Theory

Loudoun County schools have been roiled with controversy after two in-school sexual assaults by the same student 

The details of the issue became a flashpoint in the national debate over allowing transgender students to use bathrooms

The Loudoun County grand jury had accused the school system’s superintendent of lying to the public to cover up what occurred, and authorities of ignoring multiple warning signs that could have prevented an assault.

Following the May assault, the attacker was charged and barred by court order from returning to Stone Bridge. Administrators then transferred him to nearby Broad Run High School.

The report said teachers at both schools warned administrators of the student´s disturbing conduct weeks before each assault occurred. Even his grandmother warned the student´s probation officer and called him a “sociopath,” according to the report.

As the school board debated policies governing transgender students and whether they can use the restroom of their preference, a school board member asked Ziegler if the schools had a problem with sexual assaults occurring in bathrooms.

Ziegler responded that ‘to my knowledge we don´t have any record of assaults in our restrooms’. But emails show that Ziegler had been informed of the Stone Bridge assault and sent an email to board members about it.

Ziegler later said he misunderstood the question.

The grand jury’s report accused school administrators and lawyers of stonewalling the special grand jury´s investigation. The report noted that school board members described the assailant´s attire as a kilt rather than a skirt during the first attack, something the report suggests was a coordinated effort by the school system´s legal team to push a narrative about what occurred.

Ziegler was later fired by the school board. He’s facing trial on a misdemeanor charge of false publication, which relates to his statements during the school board meeting.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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