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Parents upset about TM Landry; officials say their hands are tied

Posted at 11:55 AM, Dec 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-23 12:55:40-05

Aggrieved parents of former T.M. Landry College Prep School students are aghast that Michael Landry, once convicted of abusing a student, continues to direct and teach at the Breaux Bridge school amid new abuse allegations, our media partners at the Advocate report.

Landry, the founder of the school, pleaded guilty to simple battery in 2013 after being accused of beating a student at the school. Dozens of others have come forward to say they too suffered physical and psychological abuse at T.M. Landry or personally witnessed it. The school’s board of directors supports Landry, so he will stay in his position for the time being, the Advocate reports.

Parents have unsuccessfully sought intervention from state child welfare and education authorities, who say the school operates beyond their reach. Officials point to laws restricting who can be investigated for child abuse, as well as laws providing autonomy to Louisiana schools such as T.M. Landry that don’t seek Board of Elementary and Secondary Education credentials, the Advocate reports.

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