The Loudoun County Public School Board is grappling with a number of controversies and upheaval, including the cover-up of an alleged rape by a skirt-wearing male student in a girls bathroom.

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A liberal school board member in Virginia who supported allowing male students to enter female bathrooms will resign from her position effective November 2. 

“This was not an easy decision or a decision made in haste. After much thought and careful consideration, it is the right decision for me and my family,” Beth Barts posted in her Facebook group, where she regularly wrote updates about Loudon County School Board business. “I am grateful to have had a role in empowering students to achieve academic and personal success in supportive and most importantly inclusive school environments,” Barts said.

The decision comes during controversy over the cover-up of an alleged rape by a skirt-wearing male student in a female bathroom. Barts supported allowing men to enter women’s bathrooms.

“Our students do not need to be protected, and they are not in danger. Do we have assaults in our bathrooms or locker rooms regularly?” Barts said during a June 22 school board meeting

Superintendent Scott Ziegler said there had not been an assault in a bathroom, which turned out to be false. A parent, Scott Smith, attempted to alert attendees and the board that his daughter had been a victim of a bathroom rape. Instead, police arrested him after he had an altercation with another parent. 

The National School Board Association used Smith as an example of a parent who acted similarly to a “domestic terrorist,” in a letter asking the FBI to investigate parents who protested policies such as teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) and mask mandates. 

Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj prosecuted Smith. Biberaj came into office with the help of groups funded by George Soros that pushed for laxer enforcement of various crimes. The liberal groups also wanted to end “mass incarceration,” a platform plank for the Virginia county top prosecutor. 

Smith does not have to serve jail time as long as he stays out of further trouble for one year, the Daily Mail reported. 

The 15-year-old student accused of criminal sodomy moved to a different school and allegedly molested another girl

School board censure, history of inappropriate social media use

Parents and community members have wanted Barts to step down for months after a number of controversial statements and actions. 

She participated in a group of Loudon County citizens who created a list of parents and other activists who opposed Critical Race Theory. “I wanted to share that I’m very concerned that the (anti-) CRT movement for lack of better word is gaining support,” Barts wrote in one post. 

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