Student arrested after police say ESJH teacher assaulted

Published 12:13 am Wednesday, February 13, 2019

RESERVE — An East St. John High student was arrested last week on campus, charged with battery of a school teacher, engaging in a fistic encounter and two counts of resisting an officer.

The suspect has been identified as a 16-year-old male LaPlace resident, according to the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, which is not releasing the student’s name because he is a minor.

According to the incident report, Deputies Javonna Cordova and Shaquille Guerin, who were working an on-campus detail, were alerted to a fight at approximately 12:30 p.m. Feb. 6.

Cordova observed a student approach another student in an aggressive manner as coach Jerome Wilson and teacher Chase Discharry “repeatedly” asked the student to calm down.

Police said the student said, “get the (expletive) out of my face” and “forcefully” pushed Discharry.

Deputies intervened, asking the student to proceed with them to the resource office, and the student again responded with profanity and the statement he was not going anywhere.

Police arrested the student shortly thereafter in a confrontational apprehension that included an officer drawing her department-issued Taser.

ESJH administrators, School District officials and the student’s mother were made aware of the arrest.

School District Superintendent Kevin George said the altercation was an isolated incident and not representative of the vast majority of the approximate 1,400 students who attend East St. John High.

George could not comment specifically on the District’s discipline plan for the student because that is confidential information.

In the past, the School District has sought expulsion measures when a student assaults other students or staff members.