Virginia school districts appear to regard parents as necessary nuisances who pay taxes but otherwise have no business bothering administrators.
A condescending comment from former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is credited with costing him the 2021 gubernatorial election.
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” arrogantly responded McAullife during a debate with eventual winner Glenn Youngkin.
During the 2021 debate, Youngkin singled out Fairfax County, saying parents there were upset over sexually explicit material available in the school library that they had never seen.
“And in fact, you vetoed the bill that would have informed parents that they were there,” Youngkin excoriated McAuliffe. Youngkin added he believes parents should be in charge of their children’s education.
Shortly afterwards, news of Loudon County school administrators hiding a sexual assault on campus added fuel to the fire of outraged Virginia parents.
The May 28, 2021 assault was not made public until the victim’s father informed “The Daily Wire” that the same 15-year-old charged in his daughter’s attack was also charged with an October 6 sexual assault of a different girl, in this case at Broad Run High School.
After the 2021 election, Governor Youngkin tried to end mask mandates at Virginia public schools but his order was defied by a number of school districts.
Now, information about another serious violent campus crime has been withheld from parents.
Alexandria City Public Schools spokeswoman Kathy Mimberg did not immediately return a call requesting comment about parental rights regarding notice of violent crimes on campus.
ACPS superintendent Gregory Hutchings sent an email to the nine-member ACPS school board October 6, 2021 regarding a “Potential Sexual Assault.” According to a report from “National Review”, the email contained few details.
“FYI there is a potential sexual assault of a student by other students this afternoon at MH [Minnie Howard High School],” Superintendent Hutchings informed Trustees in his email. “The student has been taken to the hospital and APD [the Alexandria Police Department] is working through the investigation.” Board of Education Chair Meagan Alderton reportedly notified Mayor Justin Wilson and all city councilors.
Parents were reportedly not notified about the rape and forcible sodomy that landed the victim in a hospital.
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