The same woke Virginia school district that was in the headlines over Critical Race Theory failed to fire a counselor for over a year after finding out that he had been arrested for soliciting an underage prostitute.
(Video Credit: WUSA9)
Darren Lamar Thornton, 50, kept his position at Glasgow Middle School in Lincolnia, Virginia, for a year after the district was notified following a conviction for a sex crime, according to WUSA9.
Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Michelle C. Reid confirmed Thornton had been fired and the district was petitioning the state to revoke his license.
The counselor alarmingly served as a boys varsity basketball coach in a different county from 2006 to 2020.
He was busted for attempting to pay a minor money in exchange for sex in November of 2020 in Chesterfield County. He was brought down during a sting after he was snared while speaking with an undercover officer who claimed to be 17 online. He agreed to meet with the girl and was arrested when he showed up at her apartment, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
NEW: Chesterfield Co. Police, who arrested Glasgow Middle School counselor Darren Thornton in 2020 for solicitation of prostitution from a minor, says records indicate the police dept notified @fcpsnews’ superintendent of the arrest via email on *Nov. 20, 2020*. pic.twitter.com/abLUJsYZVU
— Heather Graf (@Heather7News) August 19, 2022
Thornton was convicted and sentenced to five years in March 2022 but had his sentence suspended for good behavior.
According to the police, the school district was notified that he was arrested in November 2020 and in June 2022. The arrest in June was for another sting where he was caught soliciting prostitution. He then had to register as a sex offender.
Reid sent a letter to parents on Thursday claiming that the district had taken “immediate steps” to terminate Thornton. However, records indicate that he was employed for over a year after the district was notified of his initial arrest. Police records reportedly show that Fairfax County Public Schools was notified of Thornton’s 2020 arrest the next day and again when he was arrested in June 2022.
Why would anyone be surprised at this.
— Bud Fox (@ChrisX53018598) August 22, 2022
“I will take whatever further corrective actions are required to prevent this from happening again,” Reid vowed.
“I understand the concern that this situation raises, and there’s nothing about the situation that is acceptable, clearly,” she said. “I know that it raises trust issues with our students and our staff and our families, and I’m sorry about that for sure.”
“It is astounding and once again disappointing that FCPS had demonstrated that the front office, as well as school-level leadership, do not have a solid procedure for vetting staff and faculty,” Sue Zoldak, who is a member of the advocacy group “Do Better FCPS,” stated, according to the Daily Mail.
Zoldak went on to accuse Reid of spending the past few days “scrubbing” Thornton from the school’s website and social media accounts.
School counsellor … more like GROOMER !
— Sharon Funnell (@SharFunnell) August 22, 2022
Parents are demanding that the school board release all internal communications regarding this matter.
This is the same notorious school board that debated making “deadnaming,” or referring to a trans person with the name they used before they transitioned, a suspendable offense for students.
Fairfax County is also the one that nixed admissions standards to the prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School. Instead of grades, they determined admission by “equity.” Asian-American parents are still suing over that matter.
In another memorable incident, last September, a school board member claimed that calling for a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks would cause harm to minorities who faced persecution over the killing of almost 3,000 Americans, according to the Daily Mail.
And then there’s the slide presentation that instructed social studies teachers in Fairfax County Public Schools that “Critical Race Theory is a frame” for their work, even though officials assert the pedagogy is not a part of the curriculum.
The slide presentation, titled “Renew, Reflect, Re-imagine: Enacting a Critical Lens for Student Empowerment,” was presented via Zoom during an in-service day for K-12 social studies teachers in Fairfax County, according to The Washington Times.
Hey Virginia voters! If your politicians are saying to you CRT is NOT being used in VA public schools, here's a word DIRECTLY from the Fairfax County PS System's
"K-12 Social Studies In-service August 2021: Reflect, Renew, Reimagine" meeting:https://t.co/qQndpuEW18
— Rafael Aguilo (@RafaelAguilo1) October 27, 2021
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