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The incident, first reported by The Washington Times, involved a Ward 7 activist who alerted officials at Randle Highlands Elementary School, where her nephew then attended first grade, to what she thought was inappropriate touching of a child by another student. The next month, she was barred from the school with a notice that said she improperly “interviewed a first-grade student” and initiated an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct without immediately contacting the principal, among other charges.

Mr. Mendelson intervened, and barring notices against the activist and several others were lifted in August. The council chairman referred to the incident while talking to reporters about his legislation Thursday, but did not mention the parties by name.

“Let’s protect the kids,” Mr. Mendelson said. “There’s way too much stigma around it.”