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Virginia parents harassed, threatened for speaking out, opposing LGBT teaching in schools: ‘I would shoot him’

By Jeffrey Clark | Fox News | Published May 10, 2023 2:30pm EDT


Some Loudoun County, Virginia residents — including one community member who spoke out against teaching LGBT practices in local schools — has received death threats online, according to WJLA.

“It shocked me,” Loudoun County resident Mark Winn said after he learned of messages threatening his life and his livelihood from a Facebook group called “Loudoun Love Warriors.” 

Winn wasn’t the only person affected by the online threats. “They went after my job,” Scott Mineo, a Loudoun County parent said. “That happened in early February. They referred me to the FBI, IRS, and DHS all because they don’t like my opinion.”

“They’re probably going to sit back and celebrate the fact that I’m unemployed,” Mineo told WJLA. “I’m having a hard time finding a job. And who knows what’s next with the IRS and the FBI? I don’t know. But they’ve done more than just put me out of a job. It’s impacting my family, my kids.”

“It shocked me,” Loudoun County resident Mark Winn said after he learned of messages threatening his life and his livelihood from a Facebook group called “Loudoun Love Warriors.”  (Screenshot / WJLA)

Some of the angry and threatening comments in the “Loudoun Love Warriors” group included ones like these, according to WJLA.

  • “Lives needs to be ruined beyond repair,” read one comment. 
  • “Lets actually destroy them. Grind them,” another person wrote. 
  • “If he had said that s— about black kids or autistic kids I would shoot him,” someone else posted in the group.


The “Loudoun Love Warriors” group includes people who appear to be associated with Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj, County Supervisor Juli Briskman, School Board Chair Ian Serotkin, school board member Brenda Sheridan, school board member Atoosa Reaser, school board member Erika Ogedegbe, school board candidate Anne Donohue, sheriff candidate Craig Buckley, and Chair Phyllis Randall. None of these elected officials personally made any threats.

A spokesperson for the Loudoun County Public Schools directed Fox News Digital to statements that some Loudoun County officials have made in public regarding the controversy. 

“Violent threats are never acceptable and at times can be criminal. I personally condemn all violent language and my office will be investigating whether a crime was committed. Due to the possibility of a criminal investigation, I can not comment further at this time,” Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj said in response to the news. 


Buta Biberaj
Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj told WJLA that she condemns “all violent language” and that her office “will be investigating whether a crime was committed.” (FOX 5)

Winn and other Loudoun County community members were attacked after they criticized local schools. 

Winn said at a school board meeting back in Dec. 2022 that “[LGBT] behaviors should never have been promoted, taught, or encouraged in the schools that you oversee,” before paraphrasing Jesus in the Gospels. 

“If any man or woman causes one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better for [them] if a millstone to be put around your neck and thrown into the lake,” Winn said, adding, “Get back to reading, writing and arithmetic and quit grooming and pimping.”


At the time, Winn’s comments provoked 19-year-old Loudoun County community organizer Andrew Pihonak to start a petition banning “hate speech” at future school board meetings.

Pihonak’s petition gained nearly 1,000 signatures and says statements like Winn’s “empower people to commit acts of violence” against the LGBTQ+ community. 

“Platforming hate speech like this empowers people to commit acts of violence against oppressed groups of people, and causes people like me in the LGBTQIA+ community to be bullied (often into suicidal ideation or suicide), tortured, and killed. I demand policy in the School Board that requires them to cut off a person speaking during public comment the second hate speech is spoken,” it concluded.

Fox News’ Kristine Parks contributed to this report.

Jeffrey Clark is an associate editor for Fox News Digital. He has previously served as a speechwriter for a cabinet secretary and as a Fulbright teacher in South Korea. Jeffrey graduated from the University of Iowa in 2019 with a degree in English and History. 

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Middle school teacher calls police over allegation student was involved in ‘sex work’

Reported By Samantha Kamman | Christian Post Reporter | June 1, 2022


A Loudoun County, Virginia, teacher recently contacted police after the school librarian allegedly defended the presence of a book containing details about prostitution in the middle school library by claiming that it’s helpful to preteen and teenage student sex workers. 

The conversation reportedly started after the Sterling Middle School teacher asked the librarian if the school had a copy of the book Seeing Gender by Iris Gottlieb, which includes a chapter titled “‘Sex Work’ Is Not a Bad Term.”

The teacher, whose name has been concealed for privacy reasons, had seen a May 24 tweet highlighting the chapter and its presence in a Loudoun County middle school library on the LCPS Can Do Better Twitter account.

From a Loudoun middle school library, “Seeing Gender” by Iris Gottlieb.— LCPS Can Do Better (@LCPSDoBetter) May 24, 2022

As The Daily Wire reported, the teacher told police in a recorded conversation that the librarian, whose name is also withheld for privacy reasons, confirmed the library had the book and asserted it was beneficial to students engaged in sex work. The librarian did not provide the names of any current students, only pointing to one that graduated six years before that had allegedly been involved in the practice. 

“She started talking about how there’s kids who come to the library who do sex work, and this makes them feel validated,” the teacher said in the interview. “As a teacher, if you get an individual student coming to you because you’re abused, you have to go [to] the police immediately.”

During the teacher’s interview with police, Deputy Jamie Holben — a former school resource officer for the middle school — stated that the school is in a neighborhood where authorities have reason to suspect there are cases of child trafficking. 

The Christian Post reached out to Loudoun County Public Schools and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office for comments on the claims. Responses are pending. 

While police have not yet responded to requests for comment on the incident, the officer that spoke with the teacher stated that authorities would investigate the matter. 

Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative Kay Duffield said in a 2019 statement to Loudoun Now that Virginia has the sixth-highest number of human trafficking cases in the U.S. Additionally, the director stated that most cases occur in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which includes Loudoun County.

The middle school teacher claims the book provides instructions to students about selling their bodies for hormone replacement therapy and other needs. The librarian reportedly replied: “There’s no pornography in it, so it doesn’t matter.” In addition, the librarian allegedly insisted that she marked the book for eighth graders, not the younger middle school students. 

“I said, ‘what happens if a sixth grader checks it out?'” the teacher recalled. “She said, ‘I have a conversation with them about it.'”

The passage of the book pictured in the tweet explains that “Sex work is also used as a non-stigmatizing term for ‘prostitution.’ … Using the term ‘sex work’ reinforces the idea that sex work is work and allows for greater discussion of labor rights and conditions.” 

The book informs readers that some people in the “sex trade” do not define what they do as a form of labor, “but simply a means to get what they need.” In addition to money, the chapter states that someone may “exchange sex or sexual activity for things they need or want, such as food, housing, hormones, drugs, gifts, or other resources.”

The book also notes that some sex workers operate within “legal working conditions, such as pornography or exotic dancing, and wish to avoid the negative associations with illegal or informal forms of sex work.” 

This incident is not the first time a Virginia school district has faced criticism for reportedly exposing students to sexually explicit materials. During a Sept. 23 school board meeting last year, a parent of a student in Fairfax County Public Schools, one of the largest school districts in the U.S., read and shared images from two books available in the district’s high school libraries. 

“After seeing a Sept. 9 school board meeting in Texas on pornography in the schools, I decided to check the titles at my child’s school, Fairfax High School,” the parent, Stacy Langton, told board members. She discovered that the same books are available in public school libraries in her school district.  

According to Langton, the books Gender Queer and Lawn Boy depict men and boys having sex and contain graphic sexual descriptions. 

“Both books describe different acts,” she said. “One book describes a fourth-grade boy performing oral sex on an adult male. The other book has detailed illustrations of a man having sex with a boy.”

The mother read the curse words and sexual acts featured in both books, maintaining that “this is not an oversight at Fairfax High School.” A school board member interrupted her, noting that “there are children in the audience here.”😣😪

Virginia dad goes nuclear on teachers’ union boss: They require ‘permission slips’ for ‘snacks,’ ‘field trips’ but not to ‘talk about my son’s penis’

Reported by PHIL SHIVER | April 25, 2022


A father in Loudoun County, Virginia, tore into American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten this week after the union boss claimed that a growing parental rights movement in America could lead to civil war. Brandon Michon — an outspoken parent who is also running for Congress as a Republican in Virginia’s 10th district — told Fox News on Monday that union heads and school boards across the country are the ones who started the conflict by pushing progressive ideologies in schools.

“They’ve already invaded the classroom,” Michon charged.

“When you think about it, [the union] colluded with the CDC, colluded with the DOJ and this administration on calling parents domestic terrorists,” he said.

Michon, who has four children under the age of 10, accused Loudoun County Public Schools and other progressive school districts of pushing their radical views surrounding sexual orientation, gender identity, and critical race theory on children without consent from parents.

“They have to have signed permission slips for their snacks, they have to have signed permission slips to go on field trips, but no one is asking me for permission to talk about my son’s penis,” he exclaimed. “It is unacceptable. They are pushing indoctrination on the most innocent part of the population.”

#VA10 @FoxNews

Originally tweeted by Brandon Michon (@BrandonMichon) on April 25, 2022.

Weingarten made headlines last week after going off on proponents of the parental rights in education movement in America during an unhinged radio interview.

“We’ve been very lucky in America, and we in some ways live in a bubble for a long time. This is propaganda. This is misinformation. This is the way in which wars start. This is the way in which hatred starts,” the teachers union leader fumed to radio host Rick Smith.

Elsewhere in the discussion, she called backlash against progressive ideology being taught in public schools an “existential threat” to the country and complained that “right-wing extremists” are “exploiting” parents’ fears to accomplish political ends. Weingarten’s remarks served as a flash point in the heated battle between parents who want more control over their children’s education and the leaders of educational institutions who think they know better.

In recent months, parental outrage over transgender-affirming and critical race theory curricula in schools has culminated in legislation aiming to prevent such unwanted indoctrination. Perhaps the most popular piece of legislation is Florida’s House Bill 1557, which bars classroom discussion on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through the third grade and establishes scaleable guidelines for discussion on the subject matter in grades thereafter.

Outraged over what his children were being taught in school, Michon decided to speak up at school board meetings last year. Now he’s running for office with a campaign focused on parental empowerment and putting children’s interests first.

“The children just want to learn,” Michon told Fox News.

“If you want to talk about the biggest equalizer in all of education, literacy. Let’s get back to teaching more literacy. That [lifts] up all socio-economic classes,” he argued, adding, “Don’t talk about the vocal minority of parents when there is vocal minority on the other side. We need to renew the focus on our children. Math, science, history, the things that will make them good members of society.”

Mom of skirt-wearing male teen who raped female teen in bathroom says son identifies as male and just wanted sex as she berates victim: ‘You’re 15. You can reasonably defend yourself.’

Reported by SARAH TAYLOR | November 02, 2021


The Loudoun County, Virginia, mother of the skirt-wearing teen accused of raping a female classmate in a girls’ bathroom is speaking out in defense of her son, saying that he is not transgender, identifies as male, and simply “wanted sex.”

In October, an area judge found the student guilty of sexually assaulting a female student in a girls’ bathroom in May. The unnamed male student was placed under electronic surveillance over the attack, but was later said to have groped another female teen at a different Loudoun County high school earlier in October.

The woman, who remains unnamed at the time of this reporting, told the Daily Mail that her 15-year-old son is male and not transgender. She defended her son as simply engaging in the actions of a “heterosexual, hormonal teen who, in the case of the rape, had consensual sex with the girl twice before.”

“He’s a 15-year-old boy that wanted to have sex in the bathroom, with somebody that was willing,” she said. “And they’re twisting this just enough to make it a political hot button issue.”

The woman said that her son — who she admitted is “deeply troubled” — was only wearing a skirt that particular day because he has an “androgynous style.”

She explained, “He would wear a skirt one day and then the next day, he would wear jeans and a T-shirt, a polo, or hoodie. He was trying to find himself and that involved all kinds of styles. I believe he was doing it because it gave him attention he desperately needed and sought.”

The woman added that her son described the sexual assault to her in a way that made her believe the incident was all a misunderstanding. The two, according to the woman, met in a bathroom earlier in the day because the female teen “wasn’t feeling well that day.”

“He was worried about her, asked her how she was feeling, touched her forehead, brought water for her,” his mother recalled, and said that her son told her that he and the female teen talked about having sex later on in the day.

She continued, “He’d mentioned something about hooking up with her, said they’d discussed it that day and that she was wishy-washy, was like, ‘Yeah, maybe, I still don’t feel well, we’ll see.'”

She then said that her son later followed the female teen into the bathroom a second time later in the day, where he ended up advancing on her when she said that she was feeling “much better” than earlier the morning. The male teen, according to the woman, “depicted the rape as an accident” and said that he didn’t mean to insert himself into her anus.

“He said he was intending for vaginal and it ended up for 10 seconds as anal,” the woman recalled. “He knew she was in pain. He said, ‘Are you okay?” She said that hurt. And he’s like, ‘What kind of pain?'”

The woman said, “He was showing genuine concern.”

She then called into question the teen girl’s response to the incident.

“If I was in a position where I was about to be raped, I would be screaming, kicking, everything,” she said. “You’re 15. You can reasonably defend yourself. You’re not just going to sit there and take it. And so, because there wasn’t a presence of a fight, he felt it was okay to keep going.”

In late October, the teen was found guilty for the May sexual assault, which took place at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia. His victim admitted that the two previously had sex in the bathroom and that they’d agreed to meet there once more during lunch break. In her testimony, the unnamed female student said that she arrived at the bathroom and told him that she no longer wanted to have sex, but he threw her on the floor in response and forced her into sexual activities.

He was remanded to juvenile detention pending a Nov. 15 hearing in connection with the second incident — which reportedly took place at Broad Run High School in Ashburn in early October.

The Daily Mail reported that sources stated that the 15-year-old has a checkered record when it comes to sexual indiscretions, and in fifth grade the teen reportedly sent nude photos of himself to a female classmate.

The girl’s parents reportedly agreed not to file charges in exchange for the district keeping the boy away from their daughter.

His mother, according to the outlet, confirmed the incident and snapped, “What the f*** does that have to do with anything?”

“What are they trying to do?” she asked. “Did they hire an investigator to dig up everything and ruin him for the rest of his life? … He’s been a challenging child his whole life, which I’ve dealt with myself. My son’s gone through multiple forms of counseling and therapy, resources here, at school, friends, family. It’s been 15 years of hell trying to get him to do better and be better.”

According to the report, the woman still is not sure what to make of the charges in connection to the Oct. 6 incident.

“I didn’t hear my son’s side of it because he was being hauled into [juvenile detention] before I could talk to him,” she concluded. “What is the end game on this? My son’s going to be on the sexual registry and be committed to Megan’s Law for the rest of his life because he had 15-year-old hormones.”

When Did Sexual Assault In Schools Become A Partisan Issue?

Reported By Elle Reynolds | OCTOBER 21, 2021


In 2014, Rolling Stone published a story about a female student named “Jackie” who claimed she was raped at a fraternity party at the University of Virginia.

“The 9,000-word story prompted a wave of outrage and revulsion,” said the Washington Post. The fraternity in question was graffitied within hours, protesters descended upon the campus in Charlottesville, Va., the university president suspended Greek life until the following year, and elected officials condemned the incident.

“University of Virginia Contends With Outrage Over Horrific Rape Reports,” Time Magazine headlined. CNN reported on the story and the university’s swift reaction to it, as did ABC News. The Huffington Post also picked up the story.

The story, we now know, later unraveled, leading to a retraction from Rolling Stone and massive defamation lawsuits. But not before the appalling tale of a helpless young woman being brutally assaulted on an educational campus shook Americans’ sensibilities. No one was disagreeing that, if true, the incident deserved horror, outrage, and efforts to try and keep such abuses from happening again.

The Story We Should All Be Up In Arms About

Just seven years later, a similarly harrowing tale has emerged just 100 or so miles away from U-Va., in Loudoun County, Va. An investigation from The Daily Wire earlier this month reported allegations from Loudoun County father Scott Smith that in May, “a boy allegedly wearing a skirt entered a girls’ bathroom at nearby Stone Bridge High School, where he sexually assaulted Smith’s ninth-grade daughter.”

“A boy was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy, one count of anal sodomy, and one count of forcible fellatio, related to an incident that day at that school,” according to Smith’s attorney.

But instead of receiving national outrage across the political and media landscape, the alleged incident was reportedly covered up by the Loudoun County School Board for months. In a June meeting, board members insisted they didn’t know of any such assaults. After showing up to a school board meeting in protest, Smith was arrested and smeared as a “domestic terrorist.”

Days after the Daily Wire investigation broke, another report alleged the school district had been failing to report sexual assault claims for years. Meanwhile, LCPS appears to have quietly transferred the alleged rapist to another school, where he has since been accused of another sexual assault of a female student.

Where Is The Outrage?

Where is the outrage? A search for “Scott Smith Loudoun” returns zero results on the Washington Post’s website, despite Loudoun County’s close proximity to the Post’s home city. On Tuesday, the Post finally published something on the story, but failed to mention Smith by name and initially failed to admit that the alleged attacker identified as “gender fluid.”

A search for “Scott Smith Loudoun” or “Loudoun sexual assault” returned no results from The New York Times on Wednesday. The extent to which CNN covered the story was to say “[Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn] Youngkin on Tuesday promised action following parental outrage over two recent alleged assaults in public schools in the state’s Loudoun County,” immediately after a paragraph of damage control for Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe’s statement that “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Can you imagine if, instead of discovering holes in the U-Va. story, additional coverage had revealed that the school had been covering up other sexual assault allegations for years? Or, if the allegations in the Rolling Stone story had been true, can you imagine if U-Va. had quietly moved the rapists to another fraternity and tried to cover the whole thing up? Or tried to smear Jackie and her family as “domestic terrorists”?

The Loudoun County incident has all the ingredients of a horrifying scandal worthy of the front pages of every newspaper in the country. It should provoke our outrage, not as conservatives, but as caring and compassionate human souls whose sympathies are pricked by the horrors allegedly endured by an innocent 15-year-old girl.

If We Can’t Agree Rape Is Bad, What Can We Agree On?

Ensuring the safety of young girls — in their places of learning and elsewhere — should not be controversial. But the loudest voices on the left, the same ones who screamed “Me Too” from the rooftops of their Hollywood mansions, are too allegiant to the fringe demands of transgenderism to speak up. Many voices in the middle, even, seem too cowardly to come to the defense of young women like Smith’s daughter.

In a widening partisan divide, if we can’t agree that young girls being raped at school is an outrage, what can we agree on? Does the left hate conservatives with such vitriol that, once voices on the right speak up for a young girl’s right to bodily safety, that issue is suddenly anathema, tainted by the fingerprints of concerned parents slandered as domestic terrorists?

Plenty of other common-sense perspectives that any Democrat nominee would have supported up to a couple of years ago have suddenly become “radical” conservative positions too: funding police departments, not segregating kids in school based on race, having international borders, or allowing people to make their own medical decisions without government coercion. Any of these should have been enough to make Americans stop and wonder why the rules of the game are changing so drastically — and who is changing them.

But even for those who had yet to notice, the harrowing tale from Loudoun County Public Schools — and the subsequent shrug that legacy media, Democrats, and the Me Too crowd gave it — should settle that the biggest war in America right now isn’t between Republicans and Democrats, nor between blustering, blundering congressmen battling over whether to sell your children’s future for $3.5 trillion or $1 trillion.

The biggest war in America is between the allegiances we’ve always taken for granted — those of the family, church, and local community — and a conglomerate of forces that will stop at nothing to break them down. Sacrificing a 15-year-old girl’s right to basic safety at her school on the altar of fringe identity politics is just part of that fight.

Elle Reynolds is an assistant editor at The Federalist, and received her B.A. in government from Patrick Henry College with a minor in journalism. You can follow her work on Twitter at @_etreynolds.

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Democrats Pushing Transgenderism In Schools Are Fully Responsible For Bathroom Sexual Assaults

Reported By Terry Schilling | OCTOBER 19, 2021


It’s a phone call every parent dreads receiving. Earlier this year, Virginia father Scott Smith was notified his 15-year-old daughter had been sexually assaulted. While that news was horrific, little did Smith know this would just be the start of a nightmarish series of events in which he would end up being cast as the villain. He can thank Democrats for enabling the whole outrageous affair.

The saga began back on May 28 at Loudoun County’s Stone Bridge High School, the sheriff’s office confirmed, where Smith was summoned by school officials. Smith told The Daily Wire he learned his daughter had allegedly been assaulted in a girls’ restroom by a boy wearing a skirt. (According to some reports, the boy identifies as “gender-fluid.”) Smith said school officials told him they intended to handle the incident in-house, instead of through the police and courts. After Smith became understandably upset at this callous and wholly improper decision not to involve law enforcement, he says school officials calls the police on him.

Fortunately, Smith was not arrested that day, but the story did not end there. A month later, he attended a Loudoun County School Board meeting to protest a proposed policy that would, among other things, allow students to access whatever restroom or locker room corresponds with their self-identified sex.

Concerned parents argued the policy would take privacy and safety from girls. LCPS Superintendent Scott Ziegler responded, “To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.” Smith couldn’t believe his ears. Later, a conversation between a left-leaning parent and Smith grew heated when the other parent implied Smith was lying about his daughter. This time, police did arrest him and video of the incident went viral. Overnight, Smith became the poster boy of supposedly dangerous parents. The National School Boards Association even specifically pointed to him in the now-infamous letter to the Biden administration, arguing that distraught parents ought to be seen as “domestic terrorists.”

The full truth about what had happened to Smith’s daughter did not become public until this past week: The sexual assault committed against her was no anomaly. Not only that, it was the direct result of policies promoted and advanced by Democrats who are willing to sacrifice the bodies, minds, and souls of innocent children to protect leftist gender ideology from criticism.

The prime culprits of the Smith family’s tragedy are dictates like Virginia’s Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools.” Such dictates — disarmingly labeled “policies” — elevate subjective “gender identity” over sex, allowing male students to participate in girls’ sports, lodge with girls on overnight school trips, and, yes, access girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms.

This is far from a new project. Democrats have been attempting to impose their gender insanity on the rest of the country since at least the Obama administration, when the U.S. Department of Education threatened schools with a loss of federal funding if they did not implement such policies. Unfortunately, weak Republican governors like South Dakota’s Kristi Noem have also been complicit through their refusal to meaningfully resist this agenda.

Concerned parents and others have fought this effort, arguing these changes would put girls in particular at risk to potential predators. Sespite Democrats’ best attempts at gaslighting, this is exactly what’s happened, and not just in Virginia. In November 2017, a five-year-old girl in Georgia was allegedly sexually assaulted in her school bathroom after the school introduced a new transgender policy. Her case, Thomas v. City Schools of Decatur et al, is still making its way through the state’s courts.

Still, Democrats and their left-wing allies refuse to even acknowledge this outcome of their transgender policies. After claiming there had been no assault in a school restroom, the Loudoun County School Board passed its new transgender policy in August. The alleged perpetrator was reportedly transferred to a different high school where, earlier this month, he was reportedly charged with sexually assaulting yet another girl. Still, the corporate media blackout of the story persists, while the Biden administration and Democrat politicians — and their henchmen in Big Tech and the press — continue to vilify ordinary parents like Smith.

Democrats’ true priorities are clear. Despite past “believe all women” rhetoric, their party’s ideology about sex has driven them to summarily toss aside the safety of girls in their campaign to normalize crazed gender ideology. As for the fundamental right of parents to choose how their children are raised, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe last month spelled out where he and his Democrat comrades stand: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

To stop the left’s nefarious agenda, parents and pro-family Americans must become politically engaged and toss out bad elected officials. If this doesn’t happen soon, Scott Smith’s nightmare could be endured by many others around the country.

Terry Schilling is the executive director at American Principles Project.

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