US county school admin charges $36,000 from woman to give info on ‘sexual assault,’ ‘rape’

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New York Published: Dec 04, 2021, 07:56 AM(IST)

A US county school admin charged $36,000 from a woman to provide information on sexual assault and rape (representative image). Photograph:( Reuters )

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A US county school admin seems to have charged an exorbitant fee of $36,000 from a woman to provide information on sexual assault and rape. Now, the parent, Michelle Mege, has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Loudon County Public School District. The mother wanted to search for any kind of communication over "rape"

In a bizarre move, a US county school admin seems to have charged an exorbitant fee of $36,000 from a woman to provide information on sexual assault and rape.  

Now, the parent, Michelle Mege, has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Loudon County Public School District.   

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In the district, the mother wanted to search for any kind of communication, such as press releases, statements or emails, that used the words "sexual assault" or "rape" from May 1 to October 18 this year.  

According to an official of the school, the exorbitant fee needed to review documents derived from the hourly rate of around $72.15.  

In an email reviewed by the ‘Daily Caller', Loudoun County Public Schools public information officer Wayde Byard, said, "Retrieving these documents would take a half hour’s work by the supervisor of information technology at a cost of $36.08. Review of these documents – at the rate of 200 per hour – is estimated to take 500 hours."  

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"This work would be performed by the public information officer at the rate of $72.15 per hour. Loudoun County Public Schools estimates it would cost $36,111.68 to fulfill this request," he explained.  

There may be a little over 100,000 documents, which could possibly relate to the request, claimed Byard.   

(With inputs from agencies) 

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