UPDATE: The Lafayette Parish school teacher accused of aggravated assault turned himself into police Friday morning.
According to Corporal Paul Mouton, Gene Daigle apparently threw a hammer at a student during class last Friday. A parent of a student in class says her son was nearly hit by the tossed hammer. The parent said she didn't file charges because she didn't want the teacher to be arrested.
Corporal Paul mouton said when the teacher arrived to the Lafayette Police department this morning he signed a summons agreeing to appear in court as notified.
A Lafayette Parish school teacher has been accused of aggravated assault. The teacher is expected to turn himself into police on Friday.
The parish school system released a statement saying an investigation was launched immediately following the accusation. The school system then turned that information over to police.
According to police, Gene Daigle apparently threw a hammer in the direction of a student. The incident is said to have happened during class Friday of last week.
A parent of a student in class that day says her son was nearly hit by the tossed hammer. She says she didn't file charges because she didn't want the teacher to be arrested.
The parish school system says they heard of the alleged incident and stepped in immediately. Corporal Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department says “We want to make sure we have all the facts and all the information in order. Before we take any kind of action because we don't want to take the wrong action,” says Mouton.
Lafayette police say the police investigation is separate from what the school district is doing. Mouton says based on gathered police information a determination was made to issue a misdemeanor summons. “We believe that the summons is the best way to resolve this incident because of the way the incident occurred and the information we have. We will issue a summons to that individual for aggravated assault.”
The parish school system plans to follow-up with police on the investigation and the outcome of the alleged incident.