Media Statement re Federal Lawsuit

November 10, 2023
We received notification of a federal lawsuit filed against the Lynden School District, Teacher Julie Clift and Principal Ian Freeman. While we are not at liberty to go into detail about pending litigation, we can say we were surprised and disappointed to have received this but will always take complaints of this nature seriously. 

The District is aware of the circumstances surrounding the incident which occurred in March, 2023.  At that time, an internal investigation was conducted.  The District worked with the employee and per the progressive discipline policy, she was appropriately counseled.

The Lynden School District takes its responsibility to provide a safe and supportive learning environment very seriously.  We work hard to cultivate a district and school culture where all students can learn and grow. 

David VanderYacht

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