Late Wednesday night, The Washington Post became the first liberal news outlet to report the disturbing high school rapes going on in Loudoun County, Virginia. Burying it in their “local” section, the paper ignored key aspects of the story that made it a major scandal for liberal policies: the school board tried to cover it up, had the father of a victim arrested for attempting to speaking out, the attacker was “gender-fluid,” and the school board was trying to get a trans bathroom policy passed.
“A teen accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student at a Loudoun County high school in May is also accused in a second sexual assault less than five months later at another county high school, according to the Loudoun County commonwealth’s attorney,” reported Jasmine Hilton, Hannah Natanson, and Justin Jouvenal.
But at no point in their article did the three journalists think it was important to note the detail that the attacker was a boy who was wearing a skirt and identified as so-called “gender-fluid.” And while they noted that the second attack happened in an “empty classroom,” they failed to inform readers that the first one happened in a girls’ bathroom.
All of these omitted details were laid out by The Daily Wire’s Luke Rosiak in his bombshell report that blew the lid off the story on Tuesday.
As for The Post’s coverage of the outrage from parents, that too lacked critical context:
Some parents who spoke at the meeting grew emotional, saying they feared for the safety of their children in Loudoun County Public Schools. Still others called for the resignation of Superintendent Scott A. Ziegler and of the school board.
According to the framing by The Post, the parents were just venting to the school board because that’s who you go to for problems you have with the school system. We again have to go back to Rosiak to get the full context as to why parents were calling on Ziegler to go.
“Minutes before [Scott] Smith’s arrest, the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) superintendent lectured the public that concerns about the transgender [bathroom] policy were misplaced because the school system had no record of any assault occurring in any school bathroom,” he wrote.
That brings us to the next two pieces of information those Post journalists were trying to hide from readers: The school board knew about the first attack and tried to cover it up.
With what we know about the time line, the first attack happened on May 28 with the boy being arrested sometime later (since he’s a juvenile, that information is not public). The board then held a meeting on June 22 where the father of the first victim, Scott Smith, intended to speak out. Knowing Smith’s intentions, Ziegler tried to derail his comments by claiming the attack didn’t happened (noted above). And when Smith tried to speak, he was thrown to the ground by police and arrested.
And as explained in Rosiak’s report, Zeigler effectively tried to cover up the first assault because the board was voting on institute a transgender bathroom policy which the attack would certainly sink if parents were allowed to know about it.
After Smith was arrested, the school board teamed up with Loudoun County District Attorney Buta Biberja (who’s backed by liberal dark money donor George Soros) to make him the face of “domestic terrorism,” according to the National School Boards Association and President Biden’s Justice Department. This too was missing from The Post’s report.
The whole saga was a case study in how radical liberal policies make victims out of innocent people, and showed an organized cover-up by people in powerful positions in government. And it was still unfolding. But the “democracy dies in darkness” paper was trying to keep it relegated to a local crime story.