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Former Assistant Principal files lawsuit against Lee County School District

"She says her school wasn't reporting violent threats to FLDOE"
Posted at 10:06 AM, Sep 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-23 00:52:02-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla.  — A former Lee County assistant principal has filed a lawsuit against the School District.

Peggy Slichter claims her school was not reporting threats to the state, and she says, when she started bringing attention to the problem, she was let go.

In the lawsuit, it outlines some of the threats that Slichter says were never reported to FLDOE, including the following:

  • “Student made a verbal threat toward two other students, and also placed his hands around another student’s neck.”
  • “The student showed a BB gun that he had in his backpack to other students in the class.”
  • “There were three students that stated they were going to blow up the school with a bomb.”

Slichter’s new attorney, Benjamin Yormak, tells us he’s confident the School District broke the law and Slichter will win her case.

“It was only once Ms. Slichter raised these concerns about non-compliance with the law in her school did she suddenly find herself non-renewed. This could cost the district hundreds of thousands of dollars. Taxpayers shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden for these kinds of terrible decisions with its employees," said Yormak.

The results from the School District’s internal investigation into her claims have not been released yet.

We’re also still waiting for FLDOE to release the SESIR data for the 2020 - 2021 school year.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission will also be meeting later this month on September 27th to discuss how the State can improve school safety, including issues with schools reporting violent threats.