The Leon County School Board has informed Tallahassee Reports, that after an investigation, Ms. Striplin’s complaint against Ms. Lawson was unsubstantiated.
Deana McAllister, Director Labor and Employer Relations, wrote in response to Ms. Striplin’s formal complaint that ” it has been determined that your complaint is unsubstantiated and does not meet the threshold for the district to take formal action.”
Tallahassee Reports has obtained a copy of the complaint filed by Leon County School Board Member Alva Striplin against Deerlake Assistant Principal Julie Lawson.
Recently, TR reported that Striplin confirmed a complaint was filed and that “Ms. Lawson should conduct herself in an ethical and professional manner as outlined in LCSB policies 3210 and 1210, towards all District employees.”
The complaint details a personal altercation that took place on the Killearn Country Club golf course.
Striplin writes that while playing golf Lawson approached her and her family in a “physically and verbally aggressive manner, videoing us with her cell phone, and expressing her opinion that she hoped I was not re-elected…”
Lawson’s brother-in-law, Ricky Bell, is currently listed as a candidate for Striplin’s school board seat.
Striplin also writes in the complaint that since the altercation, “two teachers personally reported to me she acts in this irrational and threatening manner towards them at school, but yet they feel there will be severe retaliation if the behavior is reported.”
Striplin says that three additional teachers at Deerlake have shared similar stories and are looking for employment elsewhere.
TR will update this story when more information is available.