Chilling News: Alleged Sexual Assault in Fairfax Frost Middle School Bathroom. Perp Not Known
In an email sent Thursday at 10:03:51 p.m. to parents and staff at Frost Middle School in Fairfax, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Michelle Reid and Frost Principal Anthony Harris disclosed district officials “were made aware of an alleged sexual assault last week involving two students in a bathroom,” and police have now launched an investigation.
Reid and Harris said Frost Middle School officials learned of the incident on Thursday, writing, “We contacted authorities immediately and we are collaborating with police as they investigate.”
Troubling parents, they noted, “At this time, the alleged suspect has not been identified.”
The news is just the latest in a series of disturbing scandals that have rocked the school district, from the withholding of National Merit Commended Student awards to the employment of a school counselor convicted of sex crimes. The alleged crime at Frost Middle School also emerges as parents raise concerns about the school district misappropriating funds to mitigating legal issues and public relations disasters, rather than the safety, security and education of children.
“This is difficult news to comprehend and I understand there may be shock, fear and anxiety, Reid and Harris continued in their email. “Counselors and clinical staff will be available to support any student or staff member who has anxiety or concerns. While additional adult supervision and supports will be provided in school, we recognize families may want to take time to process this information together,” linking to a tipsheet by the National Association of School Psychologists, based in Bethesda, Md., entitled, “Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers.”
Reid and Harris said the school would have “additional adult support in the building, including security” and the school will be “implementing a buddy system for when students go to the bathroom or leave the classroom.”
Citizens can contact the Fairfax County Police Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 3, with information.