A woman who is a member of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee (LCDC) entered into a heated dialogue with a group of conservative activist parents in Loudoun County, Va., Thursday afternoon, as controversy swirls around at least one alleged sexual assault in the school district and others charged political controversies.
Back and forth happened at a Fight for Schools event led by GOP activist Ian Prior, which was attended by about two dozen other people. The event was held in front of the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) administrative building.
When Prior detailed a number of allegations against LCPS and urged the supervisor to resign – and for the Department of Justice to launch a Section IX investigation of the school district – the woman stood behind the cameras without significantly disturbing the case.
But throughout the event, she repeatedly interrupted Prior by shouting questions or interjections such as, “Why would you assume that?”
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There was little interaction between the woman and the activists until near the end of the press conference when a back and forth began.
“Are you here to defend this?” Prior said after the woman, who said she was on the Loudoun Committee’s Democratic Committee, interrupted him.
“Yes,” she replied, to which some of the activists fired back, “You are disgusting,” before the woman specified her purpose.
“I say they deserve an investigation and that this should not be a witch hunt. You do not know what the facts are. No one does,” she said as Prior and some of the parents tried to yell at her.
“None of you know what the facts are,” she added. “This is a witch hunt.”
The LCPS said in a statement Wednesday that it reported the assault allegations to Loudoun County Sherriff when the alleged incident occurred and did not involve itself in the process “before law enforcement notifies the LCPS that it has completed the criminal investigation.”
The statement also mentioned that “members of the Loudoun County School Board were not aware of the specifics of this incident until it was reported in the media earlier this week.” The Loudoun County School Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News on Thursday.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office previously told Fox News: “We can confirm a case dated May 28, 2021, which involved a thorough 2-month investigation conducted to establish the facts of the case before arrest. This case is still awaiting court Loudoun The County Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide documents relating to a pending case. “The sheriff’s office also confirmed that the case involved sexual assault.
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The woman who interrupted the meeting explained to Fox News after the event that while she is a member of the LCDC, she was at the event in her personal capacity. In a subsequent interview with Fox News, the woman said she attended the event to see what Fight for Schools activists “had to say, you know how much there was fact and how much it was assumption.”
“And a lot of assumptions were made, and that was what we feared is that you know we do not have facts yet because the police report is not available … You are actually threatening the investigation by doing this kind of circus around it,” said the woman.
The LCDC itself, meanwhile, attacked Fight for Schools as “shameful” in a statement to Fox News. The party said the group only seeks to use the situation for its own political gain.
“For far too long, Fight For Schools has used our children as political props, fought with Republican rebels like Dave LaRock and sought to abolish our public schools,” said LCDC President Lissa Savaglio. “It is a shame that they would seek to arm an event before we as a community have a comprehensive overview of the facts. It is clear that rather than respecting the victims and the legal process, they intend to create fear and division for their own political gain. “
LCPS has for several months been at the center of charged political debate on a range of issues, including critical race theory (CRT). Activists Thursday also attacked the school district on the issue, pushing back against a memo from State Attorney Merrick Garland asking the FBI to investigate alleged threats against school boards.
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Earlier, threats and violence were not acceptable, but that the justice minister should “do a better job of specifying what incidents and what kind of behavior they are talking about. Because by framing it as harassment and intimidation, it is a chilled, unconstitutional note. “
“What is intimidation? Is it raising your voice at a school board meeting? What is harassment? Is it holding a press conference right outside the school building? I do not know. You will have to ask them,” Prior also said.
Fox News’ Tara Prindiville and Kelly Laco contributed to this report.