6/2/21: It’s Official, Parents of Loudoun County Parents File Lawsuit Against The Loudoun County Public Schools School Board!

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LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (June 2, 2021) — A group of Loudoun County parents have filed a federal

lawsuit against school leaders for violating students’ free speech rights. Over the past two years, the

board and administrators have incorporated controversial and radical political theory into school

curriculum. Now they are asking students to be vocal supporters of these political views or face being

excluded from school leadership positions and reported through a new “bias reporting” system.

The parents are represented by the Liberty Justice Center, a national public interest law firm committed to

protecting free speech. In the lawsuit, the parents say that the “Student Equity Ambassador Program” and

bias reporting system are illegal and undermine students’ free speech.

“Not only are Loudoun school leaders telling students what they can and can’t say, they are imposing

controversial political views on students and punishing those who don’t agree,” said Daniel Suhr, senior

attorney at the Liberty Justice Center. “Loudoun County’s policies are extreme and divisive. Every

student has a right to express his or her views and to engage in a respectful, robust conversation about

real issues without fear of retribution.”

Loudoun County Public Schools serves over 80,000 students from kindergarten through high school in

Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. To implement a new equity curriculum, the Loudoun County School

Board has instituted a set of initiatives that censor free speech and discriminate against students based

on their race.

“The school board has been trying to pretend discrimination and suppression of free speech isn’t

happening in our schools, but we see it in class lessons, in the books being promoted or banned in the

library, and in the creation of new school programs,” said Patti Hidalgo Menders, mother of an LCPS

high school student.

Only “students of color” or those who expressly attest to being “allies” are eligible for participation in the

Equity Ambassadors Program. The program is paired with a “Bias Reporting System,” essentially

converting students into the speech police, with the power to name and shame peers for expressing

viewpoints inconsistent with extreme racial political ideology. Selected students report to a “Supervisor of

Equity” to expose those who have been detected of straying from the program’s strict ideology.

“Our kids have the right to develop their own opinions, free from indoctrination and school-sanctioned

bullying,” said Scott Mineo, parent of a Loudoun County high school student and founder of

Parents Against Critical Theory. “Instead of opening young minds, Loudoun County school leaders are

policing them. This is not education; it is coercion.”

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