Last Modified: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 11:12 AM
OBERLIN — School and law enforcement officials are investigating a Friday altercation at Oberlin High School involving students and adults in the school’s hallway.
Principal Larry Alexander said the incident is under investigation and that a report has been forwarded to the superintendent. “The safety of our children is always our priority,” he said.
Alexander said he and Assistant Principal Tonya Ryder were at “meetings and different activities” when the incident occurred, but said a teacher had been appointed as administrator in charge during their absence.
Superintendent Michael Doucet said Monday there had been an altercation during the last hour at Oberlin High on Friday involving two adults and several students, but declined to give details. He said the matter was under investigation. The adults were not school employees, he said.
The incident occurred as students were leaving early for a football game in northern Louisiana, he said.
“I am concerned and saddened about this,” one parent wrote in an email to the American Press. “Children are suppose to be safe while at school.”
Doucet said the principal and assistant principal were off campus, but that the principal had returned to take care of the problem.
“I feel the incident was handled properly, and if there were any wrongdoings by any adults or students, appropriate action will be taken,” Doucet said.
Police were called to the school to help control the situation, but Oberlin Police Chief Grady Haynes declined to comment on the incident.
“It is an ongoing investigation, and I cannot give any information,” Haynes told the American Press.
Charges of disturbing the peace and criminal trespass are pending against one of the adults, authorities said.Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert III said deputies were called to the school to assist Oberlin police.