LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (7News) — The Loudoun County School Board has filed a complaint seeking a temporary injunction to "limit the scope" of Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares' investigation into possible wrongdoing in school sex assault cases.
In a statement from Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Friday they said they remain ready and willing to cooperate with any lawful inquiry by the Virginia attorney general.
"However, we believe that the scope of the Attorney General’s investigation is overly broad and holds significant potential to invade the privacy of our students, staff, and families. LCPS also believes the investigation violates our locally elected School Board’s constitutional authority to govern. For these reasons, LCPS has filed a complaint for a temporary injunction to limit the scope of the Attorney General’s investigation."
Attorney General Miyares hired a team of prosecutors and is investigating LCPS and its handling of two sexual assaults that happened in two schools last year. It’s an investigation Gov. Glenn Youngkin authorized in January during his first full day in office.
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In response, LCPS reportedly hired criminal and civil attorney Steven Webster to represent Loudoun County School Board members. Some Loudoun County parents received letters from the school district telling parents subpoenas issued by the Virginia Attorney General are requesting several educational records, including records of some Loudoun County students. This sparked outrage from the school system and local leaders who accuses AG Miyares of obtaining the records of queer students in Loudoun County.
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Attorney General Miyares Spokesperson Victoria LaCivita released the following statement in response to the filed conjunction:
“Loudoun County Public Schools stated publicly they would cooperate with the special grand jury. Asking for an injunction is just the latest in a series of efforts to prevent the citizens of Loudoun from learning the truth about conditions existing in Loudoun County public schools that promote criminal activity, proving this investigation is warranted and necessary. This injunction is a waste of taxpayer money and the investigation will continue.”