On Wednesday, a Loudoun County father named Jon Tigges, who was arrested at a school board meeting in June 2021 for expressing concerns about the school district’s “moral decay,” was found not guilty of trespassing, The Federalist reports.
The incident occurred at a Loudoun County School Board meeting on June 22, 2021.
Tigges was one of more than 250 people who had signed up to speak during the public comment section of the meeting.
He intended to voice opposition to the board’s new transgender policy proposal, which mandated that employees use students’ so-called “preferred pronouns” and preferred restrooms regardless of their sex.
Before Tigges could speak, School Board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan called off the meeting, and the now-recently fired Superintendent Scott Ziegler declared the gathering an “unlawful assembly.”
Ziegler ordered the hundreds of people waiting to express their outrage at the government school district to vacate the premises or risk arrest.
Tigges refused to leave and was handcuffed, arrested, and charged with trespassing.
In October 2021, a Virginia district judge found Tigges guilty of trespassing.
However, on Wednesday, Loudoun Circuit Judge Douglas Fleming Jr. cleared Tigges of any wrongdoing, determining that he not only had a First Amendment right to attend the meeting but also that the superintendent who shut down the official gathering had no right to declare it an “unlawful assembly.”
Tigges’ arrest in June 2021 was later used by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the Biden administration to justify a politicized attack on concerned parents, whom they labeled as “domestic terrorists” and subjected to punishment by federal law enforcement.
In September 2021, the NSBA sent a complaint letter, secretly solicited by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, to the Department of Justice, sparking the attack on parents who wanted to speak out against corrupt school boards.
After the decision, Tigges wrote on Twitter, “My thanks to God for justice.”
He also tweeted, “Despite this victory, I have serious concerns about where we are as a country. We’ve been subverted by a darkness that is spilling out in rot at all levels and in both political parties. Nothing will change until We the People value conviction over comfort.”