After two weeks of public criticism following teacher Deyshia Hargrave's arrest at a school board meeting, some in Vermilion Parish are coming to Superintendent Jerome Puyau's defense.
"They need to see the man behind the desk," said Vermilion Parish parent Catrina Yanna.
Following a week of freezing temperatures, with burst water pipes on her hands, Yanna wrote to Puyau on Facebook telling him her kids wouldn't be in school on Friday in hopes that he would write back excusing their absences. But Yanna said his actual response said so much more.
"And then about two minutes later, he messaged me back and he said, 'You know what? Tomorrow's Saturday. On my day off, I'm going to come out and I'm going to fix your water line for you. No problems," said Yanna.
Saturday morning came and sure enough, so did superintendent Puyau.
"He made a few trips to town and eventually got the water fixed," said Yanna.
Amid all the chaos and backlash sparked by Hargrave's recent arrest, Yanna isn't taking any sides.
"She seems to be a great teacher. The community loves her. And of course, I'm going to say I support her but I also support Mr. Jerome. I really do," said Yanna.
Giving Puyau credit where Yanna said it's due is her way of showing that support.
"He didn't have to come out and fix our water. That was not his responsibility at all. But in order for our kids to get in school, to be in school, he made sure that they had running water so the could be in school," said Yanna.
And that's the kind of superintendent Yanna says Puyau has always been.
"I think he needed the recognition. Other people need to see what he does. Other people are scared to go on and face it. I'm not going to lie, I'm a nervous wreck, but I felt as God's child I needed to do that. His word needed to be out there. People needed to know," said Yanna.