Northshore Schools did not file “complaint” against Cal Pygott, despite reports

Cal Pygott, the Bothell High School shop teacher who admitted to fabricating an after-school attack story in May, remains on paid administrative leave while district administrators work out how to proceed.

Cal Pygott, the Bothell High School shop teacher who admitted to fabricating an after-school attack story in May, remains on paid administrative leave while district administrators work out how to proceed.

And that’s it, despite numerous media reports to the contrary.

Stories first appeared in the Seattle Times and then in wire reports by the Associated Press, stating the district had filed a “complaint” against Pygott. The “complaint” filed with the Office of Professional Practices is simply a letter summarizing what Northshore School District learned from Bothell Police.

The district isn’t doing anything out-of-the ordinary, and is actually following procedure. District officials stressed that the report isn’t a complaint or an accusation.

“When we believe that a violation of the Code of Professional Practices may have occurred, we are required to file a report with the Office of Professional Practices with [the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction],” district spokesperson Casey Henry said. “It’s the district’s professional obligation to file the report, and it’s up to the OPP to determine whether to investigate.”

Jargon translation: It’s just paperwork.

District officials haven’t offered a timeline on when the district investigation of Pygott will be complete, or what disciplinary options are on the table.

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