(ThePatriotWire)- Fairfax County Public Schools failed to fire a counselor after being informed by police that he had been convicted on crimes of pedophilia twice, leaving him in his position with access to children for two years, according to National File. The school pled ignorance in a public statement last week, but law enforcement contradicts their claims, saying that they had been notified of the arrests when they happened.
Darren Thornton, a now-former counselor at Fairfax County’s Glasgow Middle School, was reportedly first hired back in November 2020 after being charged with soliciting a child for sex. “Thornton was convicted of the felony pedophilia charge in March of this year and forced to register as a sex offender. He was also handed a 5-year suspended prison sentence,” the outlet reported.
After he was convicted, he was once again arrested in a “pervert found-up” reported on social media. Public records indicate that law enforcement did, in fact, notify the school of his 2020 and 2022 arrests.
Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Michelle Reid alleged in a statement to parents that when the school learned of Thornton’s convictions from the Chesterfield County Police Department, they “acted swiftly” to fire him, but the records show that that was clearly false.
Reid, however, is not solely to blame as the previous superintendent, Scott Brabrand, held his position during both arrests of Thornton. He also presided over the district’s COVID lockdown and embraced Critical Race Theory.
Fairfax County has had a host of problems, including sexually explicit books in school. In November 2021, they reportedly decided to put two explicit books back on the shelves after a review.
In Loudon County, Virginia, the school was reported to turn a blind eye after a male student who identified as “gender-fluid” sexually assaulted a girl because he was allowed in the girls’ restroom. The issue sparked controversy as the rightfully upset father was arrested for speaking out about the incident at a school board meeting. The “gender-fluid” sexual predator has been found guilty.
As the New York Post reports, the National School Boards Association wrote a letter to the White House citing the incident as an example of the “immediate threat” that is “equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”