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Waging “lawfare” is a disgusting practice. The firm Virginia Governor candidate Terry McAuliffe worked for was hired by school boards to manipulate the courts to rule against the rights students who were victims of crimes including sexual assault and even gang rape. This goes a big step beyond just a coverup.
A key problem with allowing the woke leftists, well funded by teachers unions, to serve on school boards is that they want to create a “utopia” by cramming their marxist ideology down everyone’s throat. Bullying and rape go against the utopia narrative, therefore the school administrations target the victims. If the bullying and sexual assault victims are silenced, than there is no problem.
A law firm that employed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is being paid handsomely to fight victims of alleged sexual abuse in schools, on behalf of a school system that the girls say failed to protect them.
In one case the Hunton Andrews Kurth law firm, where McAuliffe served as a senior adviser from 2019 until recently, is battling a young woman who says that she was repeatedly raped on her Fairfax County middle school campus as a 12-year old and that she was slashed with a knife, burned with a lighter, anally penetrated, and gang raped.
The law firm and McAuliffe’s campaign did not return request for comment, but McAuliffe reported income apparently linked to the firm in 2021, after announcing his run for governor of Virginia on December 8, 2020. Later advertisements from the firm for McAuliffe fundraisers refer to him as a “former colleague.”
The girl in the middle school case said she was afraid of having her real name attached because one of her alleged tormentors had threatened to kill her if she came forward. The law firm is seeking to have the lawsuit thrown out because it was filed under a pseudonym, even though there is no dispute that the school system knows who she is. A judge rejected Hunton’s argument, but it filed an appeal on behalf of its client, the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).
In a separate case, a girl alleged that after FCPS administrators were told of an unwanted sexual incident on a band trip, a school security officer told her there was no point in seeking criminal charges, and the school gave an award to her alleged abuser. Hunton told the court that the school system lost documentation showing its investigation of the allegations – which occurred in part because it was not using a sexual harassment allegation database that it had promised to use pursuant to a federal settlement in the other girl’s case. In both cases, a women’s rights group filed “amicus” briefs to express opposition to Hunton’s arguments.
Joining McAuliffe’s former law firm and FCPS in the latter case was the National School Boards Association, which filed its own amicus brief. The trio is banking on an aggressive interpretation of Title IX, a law that provides protections in sexual assault cases, that would be more favorable to school administrators and less favorable to victims. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals smacked down their logic, but Hunton has signaled its intent to take the case to the Supreme Court. A win there would mean the same interpretation would apply to schools across the country.
The Daily Wire’s review of Hunton’s work brings into stark relief themes that have come to define the race for Virginia governor. McAuliffe’s statement that parents’ role in schools should be limited; the National School Board Association’s implication that parents angry at school policies could be akin to “domestic terrorists;” and the financial ties between the McAuliffe-linked law firm, his campaign, school systems, and teachers unions.
The cases tie thematically and legally to an earlier exclusive Daily Wire report about a sexual assault case in Loudoun County. Loudoun County Public Schools blamed its actions in that case on Title IX, saying it would lobby for changes to make it more favorable to victims. Yet the records show that the NSBA, the Virginia School Board Association, and the former law firm of the state’s possible governor are actively seeking the opposite.
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I worked 38 years as a school nurse. I have been in five high schools and a middle school. For nearly 24 years I worked for a large school district in a large crime ridden city. My last 18 years were in a high school with 2000 high risk minority and immigrant students from all over the world, many from 3rd world countries. We routinely had students admitted from juvenile detention facilities and routinely had as many as 150 students wearing police ankle monitors.
I am truly sickened by this story. Nothing like this ever happened in my schools or any other school in the city. How can a kid be safer in an inner city school than in two of the wealthiest school districts in the country? We had actual police protection in the school, a school security force of mostly retired police officers and a metal detector. If incidents occurred where the police officer ascertained a crime had been committed, students were arrested right on the spot. Plus, we had administrators who FOLLOWED the school district’s policy and procedure manual which EVERY school district has.
I have worked for 3 different school districts. There is never any question WHAT TO DO. It is in the manual. I am sure Loudoun and Fairfax Counties are no different. Which means these school administrators and security officer did not carry out the proper procedures. Nor, did they meet the useful standard of care commensurate with their positions. The School Board members are also derelict for not holding these school district employees accountable.
Perhaps what should be done or should have been done was to file lawsuits against the school districts, the district employees, the Board members and the parents of the perpetrators. Going the criminal route because of corruption and need for proof beyond a reasonable doubt has proved problematic. Whereas school districts are often amenable to settlements to avoid or lessen publicity. Sometimes, you have to take your victory where you can.
I believe in Karma. These corrupt individuals committed the number one offense: They failed to treat these girls as they would want their own daughters treated. I don’t know how these school district persons or lawyers sleep at night. I can’t imagine they are too likable. They need to take a page out of Andrew Cuomo’s book. In the end Cuomo had no friends. To these school officials and lawyers, I say, “You meet the same people on your way up as you do on your way down.” School and government politics are indeed DIRTY. Dirt has a way of building up and clinging. Ask former Gov. Cuomo. He proved no one is untouchable or indispensable.