Loudoun school board meeting erupts over critical race theory and transgender content, two arrests made

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The Loudoun County School Board meeting over critical race theory and transgender content in the classroom led to two arrests and the postponement of further discussions.

The Tuesday night meeting, which included more than 300 spectators, featured debates on critical race theory and transgender students, though the latter was cut short.

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Shelley Slebrch and other angry parents and community members protest after a Loudoun County School Board meeting was halted by the school board because the crowd refused to quiet down, in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S. June 22, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein - RC2X5O9QY9VX Evelyn Hockstein/REUTERS


Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan repeatedly warned the crowd not to interrupt, but she called a five-minute recess because of a crowd disruption less than five minutes after beginning the public comment section of the meeting.

Former state Sen. Dick Black addressed the board and shared his negative reviews of its actions, which elicited more chants.

A man is detained after a fight broke out during a Loudoun County School Board meeting which included a discussion of Critical Race Theory and transgender students, in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S. June 22, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein - RC2Y5O99QLSJ Evelyn Hockstein/REUTERS

A board member offered a motion to end the public comment section, which was unanimously approved, though observers then chanted, “Shame on you.”

Superintendent Scott Ziegler urged deputies to clear the spectators out of the boardroom, but many refused to leave.

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A physical altercation ensued, and two people were arrested. One of them was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, while the other was accused of trespassing and received a summons, according to ABC7.

The school board will reconvene on these matters Aug. 10.

Jon Tigges is detained following a controversial Loudoun County School Board meeting which included discussion of Critical Race Theory, in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S. June 22, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein - RC2Z5O9KQEZ8 Evelyn Hockstein/REUTERS

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