“The Ruth Institute thanks Virginia’s Gov. Glenn Youngkin for righting a terrible injustice by pardoning a father whose only crime was standing up for his child,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.
Scott Smith was convicted of disorderly conduct for protesting at an August 2021 Loudoun County school board meeting. He was outraged by his ninth-grade daughter’s sexual assault in a girl’s restroom by a boy wearing a skirt. The administration did its best to cover up the crime by not reporting the incident and transferring the perpetrator to another school.
When Smith objected too forcefully, he was arrested and later convicted of disorderly conduct.
“So instead of punishing a sex criminal, the school and the local prosecutor punished the victim’s father. Talk about a travesty of justice,” Morse said.
“The National School Boards Association tried to use this and similar incidents to have parents who object to public school indoctrination investigated as domestic terrorists. The Association sent a letter demanding the investigation to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who in turn referred the matter to the FBI and U.S. Attorneys,” Morse noted.
“The arrogance and criminal neglect of the Loudoun County School Board helped create the parents’ rights movement. It also resulted in Youngkin’s election in 2021, making him the first Republican governor of Virginia in over a decade.”
Youngkin ran against former Governor Terry McAuliffe, who wrote his political obituary in one debate when he declared: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Morse urged: “Parents must resist the efforts of the public education establishment to rob children of their innocence and make them fodder for the Sexual Revolution.”
For September, the Ruth Institute launched its Resist Pride Back to School Project to help parents protect children from LGBTQ indoctrination in schools, including the growing cult of transgenderism. Find helpful interviews with allied organizations on the Ruth Inst. YouTube channel, as well as more resources on the Ruth Inst. Facebook page.