Virginia: Loudoun County Teaching Assistant Charged in Assault on Student in Latest Scandal to Plague Disgraced School District

( Last week, Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a teaching assistant for hitting a student in a classroom.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s office, the alleged assault occurred at Loudoun County’s Belmont Ridge Middle School on February 8. Deputies claim the teacher’s assistant, 34-year-old Joshua Simons, struck the student inside the classroom.

Simons turned himself in to officials and was placed under arrest. He was charged with a misdemeanor and released on a personal recognizance bond.

According to investigators, the student, whose name is being withheld, received minor injuries in the assault.

In a letter to parents, Belmont Ridge school officials said Simons has been on administrative leave since the incident.

This is just the latest scandal for the scandal-plagued Loudoun County School District.

In January, after the district concluded its secret investigation into the sexual assaults committed by a teenage boy who was permitted to remain in school, the district’s chief of staff was fired.

Mark Smith’s termination was directly linked to the independent investigation conducted by the district, but the details surrounding both the investigation and Smith’s involvement are not being publicly disclosed.

The independent investigation pertained to the 14-year-old skirt-wearing boy who sexually attacked a 15-year-old girl in the school bathroom in May 2021. The district then quietly transferred the boy to a different school where he went on to assault another girl.

The story made national headlines after the father of the first victim, Scott Smith, was wrestled to the ground and placed under arrest during a school board meeting where he tried to raise the issue of his daughter’s assault. Video footage of Smith’s arrest went viral on social media.

The 14-year-old rapist was eventually charged and sentenced to a residential treatment facility.