Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin put Fairfax Public Schools administrators on blast Monday for employing a middle school counselor who had previously been convinced of a sex crime with a minor.
7NewsDC gained an exclusive statement from the governor, recorded via video.
“This is an astonishing revelation…for there to be a school counselor who was arrested for sex solicitation of a minor in 2020 and for that issue for only now to be resolved…if those facts are correct, this is wholly unacceptable.”
Youngkin continued, “This is a failure on behalf of administrators to protect students. This is the primary challenge now: how do we keep our students safe in schools? Fairfax county better investigate this immediately. They need to find out who is at fault…”
Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid circulated a letter among parents last week, informing them of her discovery of a counselor at Glasgow Middle School who had been previously convicted of solicitation of prostitution of a minor [7NewsDC]. Darren Thornton is confirmed to be the former Fairfax County middle school counselor.
Youngkin, possibly eying a 2024 Presidential bid, made school safety and classroom sanity a major pillar of his campaign for governor. Now, Youngkin is taking concrete steps for higher office. The Governor met with GOP mega-donors earlier this summer and also hinted at a potential run.
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According to Virginia state law, law enforcement agencies are required to inform the school superintendent when a school employee is charged with a felony or Class 1 misdemeanor.
According to 7NewsDC:
“The Chesterfield County Police Department says that according to their records, the then-superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools was notified via email about Thornton’s arrest on November 20, 2020 — one day after the arrest took place.
But on Monday, the Chesterfield County Police Department now said the emails it sent to the FCPS superintendent in Nov. 2020 about Thornton’s arrest came back as ‘undeliverable.’”
Photo and video credits: FCPS, 7NewsDC.