A school board in Virginia has come under fire recently over allegations that it sought to cover up a female student’s claim that she was sexually assaulted by a male student in the girls’ restroom of her school.
Despite promises by the Loudoun County school district to keep students safe, the local sheriff’s office is now investigating “multiple incidents” of inappropriate touching at one of the county’s middle schools, Breitbart reports.
According to a press release, the investigation involves a boy at Harmony Middle School who is accused of touching another boy in the hallway.
The probe has reportedly uncovered other alleged incidents by the same boy that had not been reported to school administrators or law enforcement.
Reports of this development come as the county faces intense scrutiny over the case of a girl at Stone Bridge High School who claimed she was sexually assaulted earlier this month.
The boy accused of assaulting her was subsequently transferred to Broad Run High School, where he was accused of assaulting another girl. A judge in the case found the boy guilty of forcible sodomy and forcible fellatio in the Stone Bridge incident.
As for the county school board, members have faced national backlash over its handling of the incidents. The board initially denied any such assault had taken place at a meeting in June where the victim’s father, Scott Smith, was taken into police custody for speaking out.
Superintendent Scott Ziegler has since been forced to acknowledge that officials failed to protect students in the district — and many parents are calling for him to resign or be fired.
Beyond the allegations of assaults and inappropriate touching in various district schools, the board has also been at the center of controversy stemming from complaints about critical race theory and other progressive ideologies being pushed in classroom curricula.
That cultural debate has raged far and wide in recent months as the Biden administration stands accused of attempting to target concerned parents. Republican lawmakers grilled U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland this week over a letter in which the National School Board Association demanded federal intervention into the supposed “threats” some of those parents pose to school administrators.
Although the group has since apologized for apparently comparing parents to domestic terrorists, the outrage surrounding this hot-button issue shows no signs of cooling down anytime soon.