Posted: Mar 4, 2013 4:04 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Mar 4, 2013 6:56 PM
ADDIS- A West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy claims a Brusly Police Officer illegally searched her house recently.
It happened last July as the Officer was conducting a residency check for the West Baton Rouge Parish School Board. Turns out, the Brusly Police Officer did not have a parish commission when he executed the search on the home on Elizabeth Lane in Addis.
"It's insane," Deputy Donna LeBlanc said. "How far are you willing to go to violate people's rights?"
The search was part of a residency check for the West Baton Rouge Parish School System. The system has reported problems in the past with zone jumpers, people who list a certain address but actually live somewhere else and go to a school in the district with the listed address.
LeBlanc said when the Officer showed up at her house to search it, she was not at home. Her 16-year-old daughter allowed the Officer into her house after presenting her with a letter saying if she didn't comply, she would be dropped from Brusly High School.
"As far as my two minor children being at home, he should have never entered my house," LeBlanc said. "He should have never even spoke to them without me being present."
During the residency check, LeBlanc's daughter was cleared. However, she's not happy that the Officer came into her house, without her permission.
We took those concerns to West Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent David Corona.
"I don't think any harm was intended and any laws were broken," Corona said.
Corona said there has been a real problem recently with zone jumpers. He said it ultimately leads to overcrowding in schools.
"Our board has taken a strong position that schools are reserved for children who live in this district," Corona said.
He admits that is why the checks are important and necessary.
"Maybe since he was a policeman, he should have had a parish wide commission," Corona said. "Again, I don't know if anything was illegal about it. He does now have a commission. Absolutely, he probably applied for it at that point but was on the job less than a month in July."
Still, LeBlanc wants an explanation as to why this was allowed to happen.
"I think it's insane," LeBlanc said. "I think they broke the law. How many people's rights have they violated and how far will they go to make sure a student is legal?"
West Baton Rouge Parish School Policy states anyone can refuse a residency check. However, that will be used as evidence that the child does not live there and will be dropped from the school.