CEDAR CREEK UPDATE: All 3rd District Judges recuse themselves from lawsuit

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UPDATE: RUSTON, La. (KTVE/KARD) — As we continue to follow the situation at Cedar Creek School in Ruston, we have learned three of the 3rd District Judges have recused themselves from the Cedar Creek lawsuit.

According to the 3rd District Court, an order was signed on October 7, 2021, saying all three of the judges on the case will not be able to hear the case due to conflicts of interest. Officials tell us this case is now headed to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

According to the Lincoln Parish Clerk of Court, all three judges were connected either personally or through some business dealings with the school. The court says they are confident the judges could do their jobs without bias or prejudice to either party, the court wants to remove any appearance of impropriety.

The plaintiff’s attorney, Wes Bearden, tells us, “It doesn’t surprise me. Some conflict I knew about and some I didn’t know about. I was kind of expecting this. There are only three judges in that district. It’s a small town with one private school. I’m fine with it as long as we get a fair shake.”

RUSTON, La. (KTVE/KARD) (October 8, 2021 5:35 p.m.) — On Friday October 8, Cedar Creek School in Ruston has announced that former Head of School for 30 years Andrew Yepson has retired effective immediately.

Per our content partners at The News Star, Yepson is being replaced by Assistant Principal of Academics Cindy Hampton, a 27 year veteran at the school. Hampton will operate on an interim basis and the school will continue their search for a new principal.

The lawsuit comes hot on the heels of a hot button issue involving bullying, after parents of a former student filed a lawsuite against the school for failing to protect their child from bullying and sexual battery.

“I am honored and excited to lead Cedar Creek School, and I recognize that we are in challenging times,” Hampton said. “I look forward to working closely with our entire staff and Board of Directors to ensure and reinforce that we have a safe, secure and sustainable educational environment for all students.”

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