Peekskill school officials issued a statement this afternoon about articles by The Journal News describing parents of a former student—one a teacher—who say they are suing the district.
Here's the full text of the statement:
The Journal News article about an alleged lawsuit against the school district is nothing more than an intimidation tactic on the part of the plaintiff aimed to bring disrepute to the Board and the school district.
We say the claim is ‘alleged,’ because the Board and District have not been served with either a notice of claim or an actual lawsuit. Mr. Jackson, the alleged plaintiff, is an employee of the Peekskill City School District who has been reassigned to home since January 2014 due to a pending disciplinary matter. Evidently, there may be an opportunistic connection between Mr. Jackson’s current status and this specious lawsuit. Further, we note that the Journal News did not even initially identify Mr. Jackson as a district employee, leading us to believe that this was purposely withheld from the reporter’s knowledge.Regardless, should this alleged lawsuit be commenced, the District intends to vigorously defend itself in this matter.
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