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The Loudoun County School Board is seeking to halt the grand jury investigation,  convened by Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, into its handling of sexual abuse cases that have taken place in its schools.

As previously reported, the Loudoun County School Board is currently under investigation by a special grand jury, as per one of the first executive orders issued by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, as part of the fallout from the botched handling of a sexual assault case that rocked Loudoun County Public Schools. Now the School Board is seeking a temporary injunction to prohibit any further actions by the special grand jury, claiming that Governor Youngkin went beyond his legal power and that the empaneled special grand jury is being used unlawfully.

A spokesperson with the Attorney General’s Office was quick to condemn the motion in an email:

“Asking for an injunction is just the latest in a series of efforts to prevent the citizens of Loudoun from learning the truth about conditions existing in Loudoun County public schools that promote criminal activity, proving this investigation is warranted and necessary,” said Victoria LaCivita, a spokesperson with the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, in a prepared statement.

“This injunction is a waste of taxpayer money and the investigation will continue,” she said.

The Daily Wire, who broke the initial story, reports that Ian Prior, of parents group Fight For Schools, was not suprised by the news and said the school board’s latest effort is part of a pattern.

“This is clearly an act of utter desperation from Loudoun County Public Schools,” Prior said. “But it is not surprising. The whole modus operandi of LCPS is to cover things up, suppress the truth, and silence any opposition to its iron fist.”

Macaulay Porter, another spokeswoman for Youngkin summed it up nicely in another statement to WTOP .

“It is troubling that the Board will not want to cooperate. What are they hiding?”