Gov. Youngkin pardons father who stood up for daughter who was assaulted at school

September 11, 2023

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin scored major political and decency points over the weekend after his latest pardon was revealed.

According to Fox News, the conservative governor, known for taking a stand for schoolchildren and parents in the state of Virginia, issued Scott Smith,

Smith, "who was convicted of disorderly conduct in August 2021 after he erupted at school board members over their handling of an investigation into his daughter's attack," signed the pardon on Friday.

The governor revealed the bombshell news during a Fox News Sunday interview with host Shannon Bream.

"I’m pleased to grant Scott Smith a pardon. He is a dedicated Loudoun County father who was wrongfully prosecuted and convicted for standing up for his daughter at a 2021 Loudoun County School Board meeting after she was sexually assaulted at school," the governor tweeted. 

Youngkin stressed that in Smith's case, it was a father standing up for his daughter, who had been sexually assaulted in a school bathroom.

"I spoke with Mr. Smith on Friday, and I had the privilege of telling Mr. Smith that I will pardon him, and we did that on Friday," Youngkin said. "We righted a wrong. He should've never been prosecuted here. This was a dad standing up for his daughter."

Fox News noted:

Smith's daughter was sexually assaulted in a restroom at Stone Bridge High School by a biological male said to have been wearing a skirt.

"Mr. Smith did what any father would do, what any parent would do, which is stand up for their child," the Republican governor said. "This was gross miscarriage of justice."

Youngkin's pardon was well received across social media, with conservatives cheering the decision, which can be politically risky.

"This is excellent! Thank you, Governor," Kari Lake tweeted.

Hopefully red state governors around the country follow Youngkin's lead when the need arises.

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