BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Broadmoor High School employee has been placed administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations he assaulted a student on Tuesday, January 30.
A spokesman with the East Baton Rouge Parish school board confirmed the investigation to 9News in a statement Wednesday afternoon, but stopped short of identifying the employee. "The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has been made aware of the situation and is conducting a thorough investigation. The employee in question has been placed on administrative leave pending the result of an investigation. As always, students safety is our top priority."
The student, Johnny Green IV, is a sophomore at the school and alleges an employee he identifies as Coach Yates attacked him early Tuesday morning. The student says during first block Tuesday, he d ropped a dollar and another classmate picked it up. He claims he asked her repeatedly to give it back and she refused. The student says he went in her backpack, took her Beats headphones, and told her she would get them back once he got his money.
He claims Yates approached him and demanded they resolve the issue.
"He told me he would give me a dollar since he wants to act like a [expletive]," said Green.
At some point during the conversation, Green claims he d ropped the headphones and that's when he claims Yates charged at him and hit him in the back. Green says later, Yates allegedly approached him in the cafeteria to apologize and that he should not have hit him.
"He then asked if I thought it was right to d rop the headphones," said Green.
Green says he responded with shoulder shrugs because he did not feel comfortable talking to Yates. "I was looking down and he told me that a man looks another man in the eye," said Green. "That's what he told me that I was acting like a little [expletive] and that I would never be what he is in life."
Green says he called his father after the second incident. They have since reported the alleged assault to the school board and the Baton Rouge Police Department.
The school released the following statement about the incident: