Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday evening called for an "immediate investigation" of the Loudoun County School Board for "gross negligence” in allegedly covering up sexual assault.
Youngkin said the school board covered up two cases of juvenile sexual assault. The family of one of the victims has announced that it is suing the school district.
“Those that are responsible must be fired or resign immediately," Youngkin told the crowd at a campaign event in Fairfax County.
In one incident, a boy wearing a dress allegedly assaulted his female victim in a school's girls' restroom.
Youngkin also said he would require schools to report crimes to local law enforcement.
“We're calling the police," said Youngkin, who is in a neck-and-neck race with Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe.
Virginia public schools and their curriculum are major issues in the race, with Election Day now just roughly two weeks away. The contest and its outcome are being considered a bellwether for the 2022 midterms.
According to National Review, state Democrats exempted misdemeanors from "reporting requirements" in legislation that current Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed.
"Today I called for an immediate investigation into the Loudoun County School Board for endangering our students and violating the Virginia Constitution," Youngkin tweeted after the rally. "When I’m governor, we’re going to take immediate action in regards to our kids' safety. Our kids cannot wait."
A Youngkin win next month would put a Republican in Virginia's governor seat for the first time in roughly eight years.