High school student struck by school bus
LAFAYETTE — A Lafayette High School student struck by a school bus Thursday afternoon sustained a broken pelvis, according to a news release from the Lafayette Parish School System.
The injury required surgery and the student is expected to make a full recovery, the release stated.
The student ran in front of the school bus as it was leaving the school’s driveway to turn onto Congress Street, the release stated.
The incident is under investigation.
Substitute bus driver arrested in texting
BAYOU VISTA — A substitute bus driver was arrested for texting while driving, and school officials said he could face dismissal as a result.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said Randy Paul, 32, of Franklin was booked Tuesday for texting while operating a motor vehicle after someone complained that he was texting while several children were on the bus.
Texting while driving is a primary offense in Louisiana, meaning police can stop a driver for the offense without having to witness any other violation.
School Superintendent Donald Aguillard said Paul was driving a route for Berwick schools. Pending an investigation, Aguillard said Paul could be fired.
Paul was released and issued a summons for a Dec. 12 court appearance.
Police investigate mouth-taping
LAFAYETTE — Police are investigating an incident in which a substitute teacher at J. Wallace James Elementary School allegedly taped a student’s mouth shut to keep the child from talking.
Cpl. Paul Mouton said police received a formal complaint Wednesday. Criminal charges are possible, Mouton said, and they could include either cruelty to a juvenile or simple battery.
Lafayette Parish School Superintendent Pat Cooper said the alleged incident, which occurred Sept. 12, involved a person who was a longtime substitute teacher with the district. Cooper said the student involved is 9 years old, and the alleged incident took place inside one of the classrooms.
Cooper said the substitute teacher was immediately dismissed.
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