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Disturbing video at RSD school sparks investigation

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago May 06, 2013 May 6, 2013 Monday, May 06 2013 May 06, 2013 5:47 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

NEW ROADS - The state is taking action after a disturbing video at Pointe Coupee Central High School was posted to the internet last week.

The five-minute video is laced with profanities. The students in the video go into classrooms that are in session, disrupt the classes and yell obscenities in the hallway.

"Once again bum, we back at it Pointe Coupee Central high wild out thuggin it and loving it Pointe Coupee Central style," a voice can be heard saying in the video.

The person who recorded it also filmed the end of a fight taking place outside. During the video, two administrators can be seen on the cell phone video, but they did nothing to intervene.

We showed the video to the president of the state's top education board, Chas Roemer.

"It's unacceptable to allow students who misbehave to affect all the other students around him or her," Roemer said.

News 2 checked with the Recovery School District, which runs the school in Pointe Coupee Parish. A spokeswoman said the incident is being investigated and the child involved has been disciplined. She said the superintendent is reviewing the video and steps are being taken to make sure the campus is orderly and that this doesn't happen again.

Meanwhile, Roemer said the video shows a problem which needs to be addressed.

"We have a problem with discipline and the threat it serves to teachers quite frankly," Roemer said. "Teachers who are not in an environment that is conducive to teaching."

Roemer said he's disappointed by the video, but not surprised. He believes changes need to be made so that kids who want to learn don't encounter this type of behavior at school.

"If I had a student I know was causing threats to students and teachers, that student would not be back in that school," Roemer said. "The ACLU, whoever wanted to fire or sue me they could come sue me. No individual has a right to disrupt school for everyone else."

School leaders are looking at whether the administrators seen in the video should have done more. Depending on what happens, more training could be offered so that administrators know how to handle situations like these.

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