Lafayette High student accused of ‘video voyeurism’

Police arrested a Lafayette High student Thursday on a count of video voyeurism for allegedly taking a photo of another student in the bathroom.

Nicholas Alexander, 17, of Lafayette, is accused of taking a photo of another student who was using the restroom, Lafayette police Cpl. Nicole Benoit said.

Alexander was arrested by the school resource officer — a Lafayette police officer who works at the school.

Alexander was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count of video voyeurism. His bond was set at $25,000.

The teen’s arrest came one day after the Lafayette Parish School Board voted against revising its current policy to allow high school students to carry cellphones on campus.

The board’s policy prohibits the phones, which also can be used to take photographs.

The change would have allowed the phones to be used by high school students before and after school and for instructional purposes in classrooms — when allowed by the teacher.

Some board members questioned liability issues and oversight of the mobile devices in locker rooms and bathrooms. Other board members supported the policy change as a way to enhance instruction using the hand-held technology and as a safety issue for students who might need to get in touch with their family after school.

The policy change failed in a 4-5 vote with board members Tommy Angelle, Shelton Cobb, Mark Cockerham and Kermit Bouillion in support. Board members Greg Awbrey, Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley, Rae Trahan and Tehmi Chassion voted against.