Elementary school principal resigns amid allegations of misconduct aboard ferry

  • Fri May 28th, 2021 12:44pm
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Friday Harbor Elementary Principal Casper van Haalen resigned amid an investigation into misconduct aboard a Washington State Ferry, according to a social media post by the San Juan Island School District on May 25.

According to the social media post, van Haalen will likely be charged with a misdemeanor related to the incident involving two adult women.

“San Juan Island School District leadership cannot and does not comment on issues involving a staff member when an investigation is underway,” Superintendent Fred Woods told the Journal. “In general, matters involving personnel are considered confidential and that confidentiality is shielded by law. SJISD will fully cooperate with local authorities and work with them. We will provide any information that is helpful to an investigation.”

The Journal has reached out to the San Juan County District Court for charging information and is currently awaiting a reply.

“We are committed to the safety of our children,” Woods said. “Therefore, the District did act immediately [in regards to the accusations against van Haalen].”

The district’s special programs director Becky Bell is serving as acting principal. Bell has previous experience as a principal, according to Woods.

“We have also increased counseling support for staff and students,” Woods said. “We will continue to create a safe place and communicate as much as we possibly can.”

This story will be updated when more information is received.