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Eunice Police officers injured during fight on LSUE Campus

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Posted at 12:58 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 16:19:32-05

EUNICE, La. — Eunice Police say that several officers were injured after responding to a call of a fight on campus at LSUE where they tried to apprehend one student who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Chief Randy Fontenot says police were called to a fight on campus over the weekend.

According to a message from LSUE, the incident took place at the Bengal Village apartments on campus.

Fontenot says they believe one of the students involved was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While trying to break up the fight, a struggle ensued between the officers and the student and several officers were injured.

Fontenot says the student was brought to a hospital, and charges are pending. Campus police are also investigating.

KATC has obtained a message from LSUE Chancellor Dr. Nancee Sorenson that was sent out Tuesday after the incident over the weekend:

To our LSU Eunice community,

As many of you are aware, an LSUE student and Bengal Village resident, under the influence of a dangerous synthetic substance, contributed to an extremely serious incident that resulted in harm to fellow students, staff, local law enforcement officers and property damage at Bengal Village. Thankfully, there were no serious physical injuries to anyone. However, many are shaken and traumatized by this event.

We want to give our sincere thanks to the students, staff, LSU Eunice Police and Security and the Eunice Police Department for being first responders during this incident. Staff and law enforcement worked throughout the weekend to address immediate needs of all concerned and we continue the work as this is being communicated. The student who contributed to this event is in custody and will not be returning to our campus.

We want you, the LSUE family of students and staff, to know that this is our highest immediate priority.

A thorough investigation is underway by law enforcement and Title IX. It will continue as long as is necessary to identify all potential victims to address their needs, hold accountable all possible contributors; as well as make necessary institutional changes to improve safety and security.

All victims are encouraged to speak with LSUE Police and Security to provide individual statements. The contact information is jlalonde@lsue.edu.

Let me be very clear. The incident that took place over the weekend is not who we are as an institution or a community. We will make this right for those affected. We will ensure positive and permanent change at LSUE.

I am asking for your assistance in this change. If you feel that you or someone you know is in danger, experiencing sexual misconduct or domestic violence, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Jessica Jones or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Courtney Fruge. Reports can be sent to titleixcoordinator@lsue.edu or www.lsu.ethicspoint.com. The Title IX coordinators are available to provide supportive measures for all individuals affected by sexual misconduct or domestic violence and can assist with obtaining resources.

All LSUE employees are required to report any knowledge of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator. All students are strongly encouraged to report any knowledge of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Office or any LSUE employee. The scope of the Title IX Office includes responding to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, stalking, and all forms of sexual misconduct.

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