Winsome Sears Blames ‘Dereliction of Duty’ in VA School Bathroom Rape Case: ‘It’s Not Over’

Virginia Gov. Winsome Sears (R) welcomed the firing of Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler, saying he was concerned about the safety of children at the school as the district deals with two sexual-assault cases.

Sears joined “Fox & Friends” on Thursday to discuss her departure and the increased influence of parents in the classroom.

“They didn’t go far enough,” Sears told host Ainsley Earhardt. “They turn a blind eye to it. . . . That’s why we don’t elect our leaders. We want them to protect our children. And at every turn, that couldn’t have happened.”

VIRGINIA parents protest critical race theory outside LOUDOUN DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD meeting.

“We won’t have that,” he continued. “We’re not going to put up with it, and we need it different. And the only way to be different is to vote different. And that chief was fired without cause, so he got a raise, and now he’s entitled to all his benefits.”

Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler was fired Tuesday night by the school board in response to a grand jury report into the district’s investigation into two sexual assaults by the same student.

The Northern Virginia The district gained national attention last year after a father accused his daughter of covering up sexual assault at a school board meeting in which a biological boy wearing a skirt raped her in the girls’ bathroom.

The suspect then moved to another school in the district and assaulted another girl and was charged in both cases.


The father claims the district tried to cover up his daughter’s assault in order to promote a transgender policy that sparked protests from parents at LCPS school board meetings.

“Some of these Democrats have labeled us,” Sears said. “They said we were against them. We tried to make political statements behind their children. No. We now know that was a complete dereliction of duty,” he continued.

“What happened to our kids and these schools should never have happened. The superintendent lied.”

Sears said children are at risk because of the Democrat-led school board’s liberal political agenda.

A grand jury report released Monday said the district was looking out for its own interests rather than the best interests of its students and that the school system “failed on every occasion.”

“It’s not over, the grand jury is still impaneled, so we’ll see if anything comes out,” Sears said. “That’s why I’m introducing the school choice bill, our parents should decide where their children should go to school. That’s not the government’s right.”

“This is a new battle between Brown and the Board of Education,” he continued. “This is the new red line and we’re not going to put up with it anymore. It’s time.”

The school board is expected to name an interim principal in the wake of Ziegler’s firing late Thursday.

Fox News’ Landon Mion contributed to this report.

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