FALLS CHURCH, Va. - A new measure passed by Fairfax County schools looks to prevent sexual misconduct on school campuses and develop better ways for students to report incidents.
Under the new measure, Fairfax County schools will work to implement ways to prevent sexual misconduct on campus and strengthen reporting mechanisms among other strategies. All of this comes amid incidents at Oakton, Lake Braddock and most recently South County schools.
Fairfax County dad Bill Park, whose daughter played basketball at Lake Braddock Secondary School where several administration members were forced to resign amid female basketball players’ sexual harassment accusations against a former coach.
This comes following an ongoing federal investigation into the school’s handling of Title IX claims stemming from verbal sexual harassment complaints against then-girls' basketball coach John Giannelli.
Lake Braddock’s principal Dave Thomas was forced to retire after more than a decade at the school.
In June, a lawsuit was filed, saying a 16-year-old student was sexually assaulted by an older student in the Oakton High School band. The lawsuit asserts the district's response to the reported assault constitutes discrimination based on sex under the federal law Title IX.
Most recently, an incident at South County school prompted the principal to retire. The district says the school’s director of student activities and assistant director of student activities were assigned to new positions at other schools within the district.