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HomeEducationPrincipal In Louisiana Sorry He Punished Woman For Dancing

Principal In Louisiana Sorry He Punished Woman For Dancing

WALKER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana public college principal has apologized and requested depart for punishing a scholar and questioning her spiritual beliefs after he noticed a video of her dancing at an off-campus celebration.

The 17-year-old scholar authorities president and scholarship candidate was videotaped dancing at an off-campus celebration following Walker Excessive Faculty’s Sept. 30 Homecoming festivities. A employed DJ took the video and posted it on social media. Three days later, Jason St. Pierre, principal of the general public highschool close to the state capital of Baton Rouge, instructed the coed she could be faraway from her place with the coed authorities affiliation and that he would not advocate her for faculty scholarships.

At a gathering in his workplace with the assistant principal, St. Pierre instructed the coed she wasn’t “residing within the Lord’s means,” her mom stated, in keeping with The Advocate. He printed out Bible verses with highlighted sections and “questioned who her pals had been and in the event that they adopted the Lord,” the information outlet reported.

In a assertion revealed Sunday on the Livingston Parish Public Colleges district Fb web page, St. Pierre reversed course. Citing the numerous public consideration the episode had acquired and extra time to think about his resolution, the principal apologized to the coed’s household and undid his earlier disciplinary plans. He additionally addressed his invocation of faith.

“Lastly, throughout my dialog with (the coed) concerning the dance celebration, the topic of non secular beliefs was broached by (the coed) and myself,” St. Pierre wrote. “Whereas that dialog was meant with the most effective intentions, I do perceive it isn’t my duty to find out what college students’ or others’ spiritual beliefs could also be – that must be the duty of the person.”

The scholar and her mom stated St. Pierre introduced up faith, not her. The mom and daughter have additionally stated the deadline for her scholarship software was on Oct. 3, and questioned whether or not St. Pierre might have reinstated his scholarship endorsement sooner, The Advocate reported.

In a assertion Monday, district officers stated St. Pierre had requested to take depart for the rest of the varsity yr.

“Walker Excessive Faculty Principal Jason St. Pierre has requested to take depart for the rest of the 2023-2024 college yr,” stated Livingston Parish Public Colleges Superintendent Joe Murphy. “The district workplace is awaiting his paperwork to course of his request.”

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