The principal of a Seattle elementary school did not violate policy but did fail to follow “best practices” in her response to accusations of sexual harassment against a third grade student, Seattle Public Schools said on Tuesday.
It was reported to Lafayette Elementary’s principal, Jo Lute-Ervin, that a third grade boy was touching himself inappropriately and making sounds during a lunch break in April.
Complaints about Lute-Ervin’s response center on the fact that she interviewed five students about the incident and asked them to demonstrate what the boy did, all without parents present. According to “best practices”, parents should be present during interviews with their children, and children should be asked to describe the behavior in question, not demonstrate it.
This was Lute-Ervin’s first year as principal at Lafayette. She announced she would be leaving her position in February, two months before the incident in question.
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