LAFAYETTE, La. (KADN) - The Lafayette Parish Chapter of the NAACP is calling on the Lafayette Parish School Board to address alleged violations of due process against students recommended for expulsion and other disciplinary actions.
The group said it's related to the disciplinary actions against students at LJ Alleman Middle School and a TikTok challenge they participated in.
The NAACP said it is standing with the students and their families. "We are concerned the Lafayette Parish School System is ignoring the due process rights of students and families under the 14th Amendment, Louisiana Revised Statute 17:416, and their own board-adopted policies," they wrote.
The NAACP is demanding that LPSB investigating and take any necessary action to address what happened at LJ Alleman. They're also asking for answers if all students enrolled at LeRosen Alternative School are "a result of the same violations of rights as the students involved in the sordid LJ Alleman affair."
“We are calling on Superintendent Trosclair and the Lafayette Parish School Board to follow the laws set forth by the United States and Louisiana Constitutions, state statutes, and policies adopted by the school board members in their capacity as elected stewards for our citizens,” says Lafayette NAACP President Michael Toussaint. “This incident involves students from different races and socioeconomic backgrounds, and affects our entire community. We know there’s already an underlying prejudice disproportionately impacting minority students; however, these Constitutional abuses affect all citizens of the Parish. It’s our understanding these students are being expelled to the alternative school, LeRosen, which has been over capacity for months, and has a different curriculum than the one students learn at regular schools or their academy sites. LeRosen does not provide proper accommodations or academic instruction for students identified under state and federal law as having disabilities or exceptionalities.”
The NAACP is also demanding the school board investigate how LeRosen's student population is over 90% black.
"We will continue to stand with all parents, fight for the free and appropriate education of our students, and support our community through times of great peril against justice and liberties," Toussaint said.