Teacher who allegedly faked own attack resigns from Bothell High School

BOTHELL, Wash. — A teacher who allegedly faking his own attack in May has resigned from Bothell High School, the district said Monday.

Casey Henry, communications director for the Northshore School District, said teacher Cal Pygott resigned as of Oct. 6. He also notified the district he was surrendering his teaching license.

Meanwhile, a pretrial hearing was held Monday for Pygott.

Prosecutors charged Pygott with making false statements to a public servant and obstructing public officers.

Pygott was found bleeding with a zip tie around his neck. Pygott said he was attacked from behind while in his classroom. Bothell police locked down the school and opened an investigation that kept turning up inconsistencies with Pygott’s statement.

Police said Pygott finally admitted that he tied the zip tie around his neck and hurt himself with a hammer. Pygott said he did it because he was in debt.

Police announced in August that the teacher had lied.

If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail and $5,000 fine for each charge.