Descent into Madness: Loudoun County Edition

by James A. Bacon

Two weeks ago the National School Boards Association (NASB) appealed in a highly publicized letter to President Biden to do something to stop the “threats and acts of violence against public school children, public school board members, and other public school district officials.” Attorney General Merrick Garland said the FBI would respond to the challenge. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal,” he said, “they run counter to our nation’s core values.”

What heinous events prompted the intervention of the FBI into local law enforcement matters? The NASB spelled out numerous “acts of malice, violence and threats” by parents irate about the rise of race demogoguery, transgender politics, masking policies, and pornography in libraries.

One individual in Illinois was arrested for aggravated battery. In Michigan an individual yelled a Nazi salute (undoubtedly in the same sarcastic spirit of the Nazi salute that set off a Twitter Outrage Mob in the Netflix series “The Chair”), and another “prompted the board to call a recess.” In Virginia, elaborated the NASB letter, “an individual was arrested, another man was ticketed for trespassing, and a third person was hurt during a school board meeting discussion.”

According to the news story the NASB linked to, the individual in Virginia who “was arrested” was a certain Scott T. Smith. The video clip below shows what kind of threat he posed to Loudoun County School Board members.

Rowdy? To be sure.

Deserving of being escorted off the premises? Perhaps.

Someone who deserved to be arrested and tossed into jail? That’s a stretch. (If only he’d thought to clad himself in black, wear a mask and call school board members “fascists”!)

A threat to school board members that warrants the intrusion of the FBI into the parents’ protest movement? Nonsense.

That much was obvious yesterday. Today we learn that there was much more to the story than the original reporting of the event. As told by the The Daily Wire, a conservative publication, what happened to Smith, not the school board, was heinous. (You can access the DW story here, but you must be a subscriber to read the whole thing. The Red State blog summarizes the DW story here.)

Smith’s daughter, a 9th grader, attends Stone Bridge High School in Loudoun County. Smith alleges that a boy wearing a skirt entered a girl’s bathroom and sexually assaulted her. (Smith’s attorney told the Daily Wire that the boy was subsequently charged with two counts of forcible sodomy, one of anal sodomy and one of forcible fellatio.) When Smith appeared at school, the account goes, school officials said they were handling the incident in-house. He made a scene, and the principal called the police.

Smith decided to take his case to the School Board. At the meeting, Smith was informed that the Board had no record of any transgender-related rape, and an activist in attendance suggested that his daughter was lying. Boiling over from listening to the woman, Smith engaged her in a heated exchange of words.

Here’s how the “violence” went down, according to the DW in telling Smith’s version: A police officer, there to keep the peace in the meeting, pulled Smith’s arm. He yanked it away. “Before he knew it, he was hit in the face handcuffed and dragged across the floor, with his pants pulled down.”

Commonwealth Attorney Buta Biberaj, who ran on a social justice platform of ending mass incarceration, appeared in court to personally prosecute Smith for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Meanwhile, the alleged rapist was allowed back into the school system… where he committed another rape, according to the Daily Wire.

There is one red flag. The incident occurred against a backdrop of heated controversy over the school system’s transgender policies. A bathroom rape by a boy in a skirt would confirm conservative fears about predators masquerading as transgenders and stalking girls in restrooms. Indeed, the story fits the conservative fears so perfectly — it stands as such a devastating rebuke to transgender bathroom policies in schools — that it sounds too good. Rarely does reality confirm a stereotype so decisively. That’s why I hesitate to denounce Loudoun School officials without getting confirmation of the DW narrative from other sources such as the Washington Post or a local Loudoun County publication.

But if the DW story holds up, then something is seriously, seriously wrong. Loudoun County’s social justice warriors, one might conclude, care about justice for some, not for others.

What the Smith arrest most definitely was not, however, was an incident that represented a physical threat to school board members. In that sense, it appears that the National School Boards Association itself was engaging in paranoid ideation. In no way can the incident be construed as justification for FBI meddling in local law enforcement.

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34 responses to “Descent into Madness: Loudoun County Edition”

  1. LarrytheG Avatar

    I think Garland screwed up in taking that action, however,I also think JAB is either willfully ignorant of the real acts of violence that have occurred as well as countless threats towards others captured on you_tube or just out of touch which is hard to believe.

    Making threats towards others – no matter the reason or venue – is NOT the same as “protesting” – and I say that no matter who is doing it as well as the fact that those who do make threats or engage in violence often try to mix in with protestors who are not violent.

    They do this on the left in places like Portland and Minneapolis, and they’re now doing this with the anti-mask/CRT protests.

    Everyone – no matter your politics, needs to stand up against the violence and threats of violence. It’s wrong, no matter your politics.

    Take a stand or admit you want to be part of it.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      School board members should be willing to die for their vocations!

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        “law and order”, yes indeed.

        1. Nancy Naive Avatar
          Nancy Naive

          Places where school boards have NOT been threatened…

          1. LarrytheG Avatar

            yeah but they probably don’t try to sneak in CRT in their schools… right?

          2. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Don’t think they have to.

          3. LarrytheG Avatar

            oh… right… 😉

          4. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            So this old guy was suffering from ED (not education, another similar problem) and he went to Baton Rouge to find that “gypsy woman with the gold front tooth” to buy a little bottle of Love Potion #10.

            So the old woman sells him a bottle and tells him, “When you are ready, drink a teaspoon full and say the magic words, “1, 2, 3,” and you’ll be good to go unitl your partner says the magic words, “1, 2, 3, 4″. But, you must not take it more than once in a month, it will be fatal.”

            The old guy goes home and that night as he and the wife were going to bed, he takes his dose of the love potion, and says, “1, 2, 3”.

            His wife turns and asks, “What’s that 1, 2, 3 for?”

            And that, my friend, is why you should never end a sentence with a preposition. You could be left with a dangling participle.

          5. LarrytheG Avatar

            well.. dangling for sure…

    2. Still waiting for all your examples of violence Larry.
      Every person on the right has denounced violence. Waiting for you to do so. You denounce Antifa and the Summer of Love? Pulling down statues? How about unequal application of the law? You favor using the DOJ and the FBI to shut parents up? How come the FBI hasn’t used the facial recognition technology for the Summer of Love? Do you really think January 6 was an “insurrection?” Does it trouble you that some of the – unindicted – “leaders” of “the insurrection” were FBI informants?
      Let’s be clear Larry – there is assault and there is battery. Assault is putting someone in the reasonable fear of harm. Battery requires physical touching. Arguably, the father was assaulted and battered. If his yelling at the School Board constitutes assault in your view, then all Leftist protests are assaults. Choose your poison.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        what the heck is “summer of love” ?

        Let’s be clear. ANYONE who makes a direct physical threat to another person for ANY reason is WAY over the line no matter the reason or their politics and especially if they use a flimsy excuse like some other idiot did it prior or tore down a statue or whatever.

        You don’t get to run amok because some other fool did it before you, that makes you an even bigger idiot.

        All this yammering over the years from Conservatives about LAW & Order.

        Such hypocrisy. At least the leftists are honest and admit it!

        1. Get with the program! All the riots commencing after George Floyd everywhere— Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, DC, Richmond, etc…

          1. LarrytheG Avatar

            Yep and again, protesting in the streets is not intimidating and threatening individuals in a meeting.

            You make a direct threat to another individual and you’re over the line.

            Conservatives used to believe that.

          2. Waiting for all your examples Larry. Protesting in the streets – you mean burning property, pulling down statues, assaulting people is not intimidating? Besides the murder and rapes… But yelling at a school board is intimidating… Did you see the pictures of your peaceful protestors in the face of police, screaming and spitting on them? But that’s peaceful and OK…

          3. LarrytheG Avatar

            Yep I do. And the law recognizes the difference also. Tearing down a statue is not the same as making a direct personal threat to another person.

            You engage in violence against a police office and it’s the same story and I don’t care if you are a leftist or some yahoo saying he’s a patriot. They’re both scum and deserve felony convictions and all the wonderful things that accrue to them after that.

            Property is different from people.

            Not a hard concept.

  2. Haig Ferguson Avatar
    Haig Ferguson

    Answer. Private schools.

    1. Kathleen Smith Avatar
      Kathleen Smith

      Amen to that.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        There is opportunity for a bigger conversation on this in terms of parents choices of schools other than public for their kids. They already have that option, the question is, should taxpayer money be provided to do that if there are no state academic standards required at all – just let the parents decide the quantity and quality of education for their kids but taxpayers pay for it.

  3. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    The involvement of the FBI is probably a little overkill. Nevertheless, school board meetings have become battlegrounds with most of the protagonists being conservatives upset over CRT, masks, and transgender policies disrupt meeting and threaten members. Here is a Virginian Pilot article describing how school board members have received death threats and need additional security when attending meetings. In addition, citizens speaking at board meetings in favor of policies that most of those in attendance are vehemently opposed to are provided additional security upon leaving the meeting.

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      The problem is that videos of the confrontations are put on social media and folks from outside that jurisdiction are getting the emails of the board members and issuing threats and while most of them are just ignorant rantings, the potential for someone to get in a car and carry out the threat is not zero anymore.

      And when you get right down to it, if someone makes a threat to blow up a building or kidnap a governor or invade Congress or commit a mass killing – following a threat – it actually does happen these days.

      Interstate highways/jets and social media can be lethal combinations for some folks.

      The thing that impresses and disturbs me is the trend of people making personal threats that has become more and more common and apparently accepted as justified. It’s even claimed that such folks are “protecting” something.

      This used to be the province of folks considered to be deranged…. like Kaczynski or Eric Rudoph or the Boston Bombers but now we have mass shootings on a regular basis… in schools and workplaces and if no one thinks it won’t happen at a school board meeting – I think one would be in denial. Probably gonna happen.

      There are “crazies” out there and social media is their fuel.

      1. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        Don’t forget the plot to kidnap a governor. The conspirators had means and motive if not a fully developed central nervous system, which is not a prerequisite for violence.

        1. LarrytheG Avatar

          The anti-CRT folks are playing with fire.

          They want to portray themselves a rightgeous momma and popa bears but the crazies are going to use them just like they use the left protest venues.

          There are folks out there that are truly deranged, have weapons, and will attack in venues that are vulnerable.

          1. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Taken as a whole (hole?), Larry. The Right is going to spill blood, and soon. They’re purging their party officials and they’re gearing up.

      2. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        “This used to be the province of folks considered to be deranged….”

        It still is, they have just found each other and a home in the Republican party which emboldens them to screech louder and more frequently… and apparently act on their deranged impulses…

        1. LarrytheG Avatar

          Yes. They are “embedded” now and the GOP and Conservatives are basically enabling and motivating them – not only School Boards but election officials also.

      3. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        “This used to be the province of folks considered to be deranged….”

        It still is, they have just found each other and a home in the Republican party which emboldens them to screech louder and more frequently… and apparently act on their deranged impulses…

  4. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    “There is one red flag.”

    One?! We are supposed to believe that a young girl was raped by a trans teenager, that teenager was charged for said rape, he was allowed back in school and he raped another girl…?! Oh, and nothing from local newspapers on this event…??

    Really, JAB? One red flag…??

    If what you report happened actually happened then the school administration certainly has some answering to do. It sounds like a rightwing fantasy to me…. nothing else…. Hey, but nice headline….!

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      On the right, boogeyman whataboutism is de rigueur

  5. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    Loudoun County Public Schools just cannot stay out of the news cycle.

    1. DJRippert Avatar

      Let’s hope they remain in the news cycle until after the upcoming Virginia elections. Speaking of which … I see Obama is coming to Virginia to stump for McAuliffe. I guess Biden’s reputation is now so tarnished that he is no longer effective despite being the sitting president.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        don’t see Trump coming either, eh?

      2. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
        James Wyatt Whitehead

        Doctor Jill the Executive Nanny is coming too. Let’s go Brandy!

  6. Awaiting confirmation from the wapo?

  7. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    As an anonymous commenter online, I take seriously death/violence threats directed at even someone whose identity is given only as Attila_Honey. Complete anonymity is not possible except to someone from Russia, and even then there’s always the NSA. Gee, even at BR, emails are known and there are those who are privy to them. Has anyone of those been outed? Call me Dean again, Steve. Here, the surname attached to that account is Wortmier. Of course, that’s not real either.

    That said, these are death threats being made against of public officials, whose homes and businesses are fully available to any idiot with a “smartphone” and a gun, and this is effing damned serious.

    And no, Dick, the FBI is not overkill.

    Just a matter of time.

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