Former hair-trigger teacher trumped by Third Circuit
The Third Circuit Court also shot down an appeal by a former Lafayette public-school teacher canned in 2007 after admitting to threatening to shoot her principal and a counselor. In a ruling issued this week, the Third Circuit judges sided with a Lafayette judge’s dismissal of Mary Margaret Alexander’s lawsuit against the Lafayette Parish School Board, which approved Alexander’s firing following a recommendation by then-Superintendent James Easton. Alexander had filed suit against the LPSB seeking reinstatement and back pay.
According to court records, Alexander was employed as a teacher’s assistant at Lafayette Charter School when, fuming following a reprimand by Principal Lawrence Lilly, told another teacher, “I should bring a gun and shoot off their f***king heads. I’d rather not have to do that. What I’m saying is if they made me mad enough, I would.” That’s according to the teacher Alexander made the remark to. The unnamed second teacher sent Lilly a letter detailing Alexander’s comments, and, according to the Third Circuit’s opinion, Alexander admitted to Lilly that she had made the comments but denied she ever intended to act on them.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.