PLAISANCE, La. (KLFY) – Two coaches and three students from Plaisance Elementary School have been arrested for what St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputies are calling “questionable disciplinary actions” against three students.
Major Eddie Thibodeaux said physical education teachers Keidrick Owens, 38, of Sunset, and Mona Wilson, 50, of Washington, are accused instructing three older male students to take at least three younger male students into the back of the locker room and whip them with a belt.
The sheriff’s office investigation also revealed that Coach Mona Wilson:
“contacted the parents via telephone and text advising them not to cooperate with law enforcement or school Principal Larry Watson that if they (Law Enforcement and the principal) did not know anything then nothing could happen,” according to Thibodeaux.
Coach Wilson also allegedly told a parent to advise her son “stick to the story of that was given to him.”
Thibodeaux said Mona Wilson instructed one of the older males students to “perform similar acts” in the past.
Larry Watson, the school’s principal, has been cleared of any wrong-doing by the sheriff’s office but is currently on paid administrative leave from the St. Landry Parish School Board.
Owens and Wilson have been arrested on charges of malfeasance in office, criminal conspiracy and encouraging/contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Wilson has also been charged with obstruction of justice. Owens and Wilson have been released on bond.
Both were placed on paid administrative leave yesterday by the school board pending the outcome of their investigation.
The three older students were arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center on charges of aggravated battery.
They have since been released to the custody of their parents.
In a telephone call, St. Landry Parish School Board Superintendent Edward Brown told KLFY:
“This is an unfortunate situation. I’m sure the investigation by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office will show why they (the teachers and students) were arrested.
The school board is conducting our own investigation into the matter.
Further action will be taken depending on the judicial outcome of this case and the school board’s findings.”
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Guidroz commented on the incident, saying:
“Parents need to sit their kids down and ask them if any inappropriate misconduct whether it is bullying, unusual discipline tactics or inappropriate behavior is happening in their school and report it immediately.”
KLFY’s Jade Choyce will have more on this story on News 10 at 5 & 6 p.m.