St. Landry

Aug 26, 2011 10:49 PM by Shawn Kline

Police: we're helping OJHS... Now up to the school board

An Opelousas Junior High student says another gun was pointed at him on school grounds Friday.
This is the second gun scare at the school in under a week. That student says the same thing happened to him last week when a fight broke out after school.

Police say no weapons were found after Friday's incident but parents are concerned the school isn't doing enough to keep their children safe.

"I know it's kind of sad." One parent says, "but I trust the Police Department and I trust the school."

Parents are trusting their school district to do the right things and at the top of the list is safety. Not even a month into a new school year, some parents are already giving the school an "F" in that category.

"I don't think (the school is doing enough) because it wouldn't happen it right now," another parent said of the situation.

Other parents have their own suggestions:

"Monitor every day just to make sure it's safe for the kids to go to school."

That's what Police Chief Perry Gallow says his officers are doing.

More units are on patrol at dismissal and he's even bringing in "the bus," a white Police vehicle Opelousas uses to transport prisoners. Gallow says any student who causes trouble gets a one-way ticket to his office.
Police are also volunteering to have an officer work at the school full-time but more changes would need to be approved by the school board.

"We have several officers coming in and out of the schools at undetermined times where they're not as predictable." Gallow adds, "so that the kids cannot predict when officers are there at certain times."

That's what police are doing to improve safety, but parents still want to know what the school is doing.

Earlier this week, St. Landry Parish Superintendent Michael Nassif issued a statement saying several activities are being planned but parents are being left in the dark as to what those activities are.

KATC's Shawn Kline caught up with Nassif Friday afternoon outside the school board office trying to get some answers. However, when he asked to have a word with Nassif, he says the Superintendent looked at him but drove-off.

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