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Yepson retiring amidst litigation

Friday, October 8, 2021
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Andrew Yepson is retiring as head of school at Ruston’s Cedar Creek School, effective immediately.

Cedar Creek announced Yepson’s exit Friday afternoon in a statement, which comes almost a month after the school became the subject of a high-profile lawsuit alleging a former high school student was bullied and sexually battered by classmates.

The school’s statement included no comment from Yepson.

Assistant Principal for Academics Cindy Hampton has been named interim head of school while a national search is conducted to hire a permanent replacement.

Hampton has worked at Cedar Creek for 27 years.

“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.” 

Cedar Creek is a pre-K through 12 private school in Ruston focused on college preparatory education. Yepson was an employee there for 30 years.

Yepson and the school face allegations of negligence in civil court claiming the administration allowed the former student to be abused by eight of his peers for eight months last school year.

Through public statements in the wake of the suit’s filing, Yepson and the Cedar Creek Board of Directors have denied the claims of sexual battery and asserted immediate action was taken when the bullying came to light.