Scott Smith Arrest

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"If someone would have sat and listened for thirty seconds to what Scott had to say, they would have been mortified and heartbroken," -Smith attorney, Elizabeth Lancaster (DailyWire.com)

Too often, we as Americans find ourselves going at each other's throats and ruining lives for the sake of political motivations. The notion that somehow ends justify the means keeps us from ever acting as a unified nation, instead gunning as ever closer to violence and chaos. This is the case with a high school in Virginia as a pair of rapes continues to send the nation ablaze with fire and fury and ramifications that could change the outcome of elections on a national scale.

Allegedly, on May 28, 2021, at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia, a boy wearing a skirt, claiming to be "gender fluid," entered a girls' bathroom and assaulted a ninth-grade girl (FoxNews.com). Loudon County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintended Scott Ziegler told the victim's father, Scott Smith, that "the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist," and denied that, to his knowledge, the school had any record of a sexual assault occurring in their restrooms (DailyWire.com). Mr. Ziegler and the LCPS response stands in contrast with statements made by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and public records information which confirmed reports of "forcible sodomy" and "sexual battery" (FoxNews.com). LCPS is also accused of attempting to cover up the May 28 incident and failing to report sexual assault information to federal authorities (YouTube.com/dailywire). 

In June, while adamantly denying the rape took place, LCPS took the time to push for a transgender rights policy that requires teachers to refer to their students with pronouns they identify with. LCPS passed this policy on Aug. 11 and sent a letter to Smith informing him that he was banned from the school board building. Soon after, on Oct. 6, 2021, Loudoun County police arrested a 15-year-old boy who allegedly forced a female student into an empty classroom before sexually assaulting her. According to Smith's attorney and The Daily Wire, the boy accused in the second case is the same boy who allegedly raped Smith's daughter in May; however, the school district previously transferred the boy to Broad Run High School in efforts to calm the aftermath of the alleged May rape (FoxNews).

On June 22, 2021, police arrested Scott Smith for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Prior to his arrest, Smith angrily confronted the LCPS board for allegedly covering up his daughter's rape and voiced his concerns with the school board's proposed transgender policy, to which board members, and a parent, responded by claiming the incident never happened and that he was delusional. Smith was filmed in a now-viral video being beaten and dragged out of the school board building by police and was subsequently found guilty and sentenced to 10 days in jail, all suspended with a year of good behavior (FoxNews.com).

After Smith's arrest, the National School Boards Association (NBSA) requested intervention from the DOJ and US Attorney General Merrick Garland in dealing with future unruly parents, labeling them as "domestic terrorists" (New York Post). According to Reason, on October 4, 2021, Garland "sent a memo (source) to the federal law enforcement agency directing it to coordinate with the nation's 14,000 school districts...the Biden administration received a plea from the [NBSA] to protect schools from the 'imminent threat' of parents sending 'threatening letters and cyberbullying' school officials. The association considers such activities to be akin to 'domestic terrorism."

A logical person would ask themselves why mainstream news networks have failed, for the most part, to report anything about this massive story, especially with the implications the entire event has for the rest of the nation. Virginia is currently undergoing a gubernatorial election that is set to take place on Nov. 2, 2021, and the recent education system problems in Loudoun County have risen to the center of attention throughout the state, even appearing on the debate stage between Republican candidate Glen Youngkin and former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe (CNBC/MSN.com). Nonetheless, mainstream networks have remained largely silent, especially when compared to coverage of other events with similar national ramifications, signaling a bias that requires keeping these events in a controlled and low-profile manner.

Despite what networks such as CNN would have you believe, Smith's story is not one of a crazed parent standing in the way of a saintly school board that just wants to teach the kids, it is not a tale of parents undermining the legitimacy of teachers and it is not about masks, critical race theory or any other elitist excuse. Smith's story is of a father, enraged that the system put in place to protect his family has been weaponized against it, it is about those in power forgoing justice for the sake of political goals and it is about the slow degradation of the principles this nation was built upon nearly 250 years ago.

There is a grave danger in labeling anything and everything you disagree with as racist, sexist or, in this case, transphobic. Firing labels at people from a minigun may make you look cool to your friends, but ultimately it just creates more division amongst your peers, allows you to justify your own wrongdoings and provides the opportunity for those in power over you to misconstrue the situation for their own gain; say the outcome of a nationally impactful election. 

The greatest problem we face as a nation is division amongst ourselves; only a fool would deny that. However, how can we hope to change things when we allow those in power to lie and cover-up atrocities for their own gain? Egos and pride are not going to keep this nation going, and they certainly won't allow justice to win out. So, instead of calling your neighbor a transphobic bigot, domestic terrorist, try listening to him as an outraged father fighting for his daughter.

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