District didn’t follow protocol

thomas Jefferson Jackson: Still sought for questioning. - Courtesy photo
thomas Jefferson Jackson: Still sought for questioning.
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The Central Kitsap School District is undergoing an internal investigation to find out how Thomas Jefferson Jackson could get away with volunteering at Central Kitsap High School for three years under an assumed name, according to district spokesperson Laurie Cizon.

The district policy states “all prospective volunteers who have regular, unsupervised access to students will complete a background questionnaire.”

The questionnaire consists of a check through the Washington State Patrol that looks for any criminal convictions in the state of Washington.

In the case of Jackson, who volunteered as T.J. Hammontree, the background check did not take place three years ago.

“The volunteer screening did not take place,” Cizon said. After Jackson was accused of inappropriate behavior, an investigation into those allegations led to the discovery that he was using a fake name.

Now, Jackson is still being sought for questioning into allegations that he improperly touched students.

The state background check was performed once the allegations came up but Cizon said there was nothing in the check that raised concerns.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s spokesperson Deputy Scott Wilson stressed that Jackson, 56, is wanted for questioning and

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