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On Tuesday night, Scott Smith, the Loudoun County father who has alleged his daughter was sexually assaulted in school and the Loudoun County School Board covered it up, appeared on Fox News with Laura Ingraham, where he acknowledged that the process of rehabilitating his daughter included "a couple rough nights. It was hell,"
and added of the Biden administration's Department of Justice, "You know, that our government is going to weaponize theirself against parents and they're using my video across the nation to spread fear? That's wrong."
Smith stated to Ingraham, "Basically, my daughter was sexually assaulted at the end of school in May last year. I went to the school board meeting to see what was going on because I had seen all this crazy stuff on TV and I went to see what was going on after my daughter had been assaulted and there was some crazy stuff being talked about ... "
I'm good with gay people, cross-gender people, anybody. Anybody who wants to be a good American, I am good with - I went there to find out why our children were not safe. 'The next thing I know, another parent-activist approached my wife and starting antagonizing her, and I turned around and said stop and then I tried to tell the lady what had happened to my daughter. And she looked me dead in the face and said, "That's not what happened."
And that just struck me, like, how do you know what happened? You don't even know me. And then she kept going and the police came and the officer was trying to help out and said we needed to be kind to one another. And I said okay and I turned my head. And she started on me again and threatened my family business, my livelihood. Everything that gives my family what we need. She threatened to ruin my business on social media.
The next thing I know, I'm getting touched from all over the place. I didn't know who was touching me, who was grabbing me. I turn around, the police are grabbing me and the next thing I know I'm tackled to the ground. I'm just shocked and horrified. I do want to say though, that we support our first responders and our law enforcement. This didn't have to happen, and this could have been handled a lot differently. The prosecutor knew about my daughter.
Asked by Ingraham if the school board at the meeting seemed to show any concern or compassion for the parents protesting at the June meeting Smith attended, Smith answered, "No. They were tuning us all out; they were looking away; they were reading magazines. It was a joke. I believe - and I'd never been to a school board meeting before, so I didn't know what to expect - I believe that they had full intentions on trying to shut that thing down early, because every time we clapped or tried to support somebody, we got scolded for it. Why aren't we allowed to clap? Why aren't we allowed to boo? Everybody has their own opinion, why can't everybody just get along and discuss our differences? That's not what's been going on here in Loudoun County. It's all one-sided."
Ingraham brought up the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office announcement last week that "a teenager from Ashburn has been charged with sexual battery and abduction of a fellow student at Broad Run High School. ... The suspect remains held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center. The name of the suspect cannot be released due to the fact he is a juvenile."
She asked Smith, "Scott, you say this is the same boy who sexually assaulted your daughter. How do you know that?"
This is in fact the sexual predator that assaulted my daughter. We were under the impression from the prosecutor that this sexual predator was being held on in-house arrest with an ankle monitor and would not return to school until these court sessions were done. You know, you're innocent until you're proven guilty, I understand that, but we do have to protect everyone at the same time. I was told by everyone, my attorneys, the prosecuting attorney, friends of the family, people I don't even know, that if I wanted justice for my daughter, that I needed to keep my mouth quiet and not speak out because in order to get justice for my daughter, which is the most important thing to me, of course, was to not come out and let justice prevail. ... I mean it was my decision not to speak out. Nobody muzzled me, but I was told that if I wanted justice for my daughter, and wanted this case to have a finality, and a possible conviction, that I -
Ingraham interjected, "You have every right to speak out. I'm sorry, Scott, you have every right to speak out. You're a father of a daughter who was sexually assaulted by someone who you said came into that bathroom, is wearing a skirt, ok? And they're making you out to be a domestic terrorist at the Department of Justice by implication?"
Smith answered, "But that just started. That just happened a week or two ago. So you got to understand, this happened the last week of May and then school ended. And the school board and the school system just went on summer break and abandoned us. My wife and I had to spend the entire summer rebuilding our daughter. Unfortunately, there was a couple rough nights. It was hell. But the good news is my daughter's doing very well. She's a survivor. She's a winner and so are me and my wife."
Ingraham asked, "Scott, your message to parents across the country who also want to have their voices heard on any issue at any school board meeting, should they feel intimidated given what our political system is saying about possible meetings getting out of control and extremists or domestic terror or threats? Should they feel intimidated, Scott?"
"Well that whole thing is nonsense, Laura,"
Smith replied. "And I'll tell you why. Because, first of all, I didn't go there to boycott anything."
Ingraham: "You're not political. You established that. You established that. You're not political. But other parents across the country are afraid now to go to school board meetings because of the intimidation."
Smith: "Right, so all summer long we're waiting for justice and I'm keeping quiet and then last Friday night the phone rang, I actually believe it was a text from a concerned parent to my wife. It said, 'I need to know what the boy's name is.' And we said, 'We will never discuss that. Why?' And then they proceeded to tell my wife that there was another assault at Broad Run High School and the rumor is that it's the same boy. I started arguing with my wife about it because I said, 'This is impossible. Stop feeding into social media. This didn't happen.' Within half an hour, it was confirmed that, yes, it happened. And I basically said, 'That's it. I won't stay quiet anymore.'"
"I'm out. I'm spreading the message. And this stuff has to stop, Laura,"
he stated, then turned to the DOJ: "You asked about the DOJ thing too? That's scary. That's really scary. You know, that our government is going to weaponize theirself against parents and they're using my video across the nation to spread fear? That's wrong. I'm not a bully. I'm not a racist. I love everyone. I love this country and I want better stuff for it."
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