Fight for Schools Files More Than 1200 Petitions in Court to Remove Loudoun County School Board Chair Brenda Sheridan
LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA - Today, Fight for Schools filed in Loudoun County Circuit Court petitions to remove Loudoun County School Board Chair Brenda Sheridan from office. The petitions contained approximately 1,859 signatures from Sterling, Virginia residents asking the court to remove Sheridan on the basis of neglect of duty, misuse of office, and incompetence in the performance of her duties.
Not included in the filing today were more than 1,200 petitions (152% of required) that were drafted and circulated from May through October. Rather, the petitions filed today include additional allegations concerning previously undiscovered conduct from 2020 and conduct from May through the end of October, including the following:
-Sheridan did not leave The Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County private Facebook group, despite a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the group, and was present in the group with two other school board members when the suspension of a teacher and his subsequent lawsuit against Loudoun County Public Schools were being discussed by another school board member and others in the group.
-Sheridan was also a member of a second closed, viewpoint restricted Facebook group called “Loudoun Parents, Teachers and Staff for Evidence-Based Safe Schooling,” where school board members frequently discussed policies around opening and closing schools; even after these removal efforts began, Sheridan and four other school board members have remained in the group.
-On May 28, 2021, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted in a bathroom at Stone Bridge High School, and the alleged assailant was arrested. Despite Sheridan’s at least general knowledge of the alleged assault, the alleged assailant was transferred to a different school within Loudoun County while awaiting trial and allegedly committed a sexual assault on another girl.
-Sheridan has routinely limited the First Amendment rights of speakers and listeners by shutting down public comment and putting in place rules to prevent speakers based on their viewpoint.
The 1,217 signatures collected on this removal petition were acquired by Fight for School volunteers in thirteen days.
Fight for Schools Executive Director Ian Prior provided the following statement upon filing:
"As Chairwoman, Brenda Sheridan has overseen and personally contributed to a complete breakdown in trust between the community and the Loudoun County School Board. From violating open meetings law to ignoring the school board's code of conduct to neglecting to keep our children safe, all for her activist causes, Sheridan has been nothing short of a disaster as the so-called leader of Loudoun County Public Schools.
"Let this serve as a message to the rest of the board and Superintendent Ziegler: if you thought that this was all about an election, then you have once more failed to properly judge the resolve of your constituent. We re still here and we're not going anywhere."