Allegations of misconduct
continue to hound the Louisiana School for the Deaf after a former student was arrested Friday for an alleged assault last school year and a teacher was suspended earlier this month.
Several students told school officials that student Tuvia Hall, 20, assaulted them between March 1 and April 30, but only one victim wanted to press charges, an arrest warrant says.
That victim, 14, told detectives that Hall cornered her in the ice room of the track and field locker room sometime in March or April, the warrant says.
Hall then began groping the victim’s chest and crotch over her clothes and tried to take off her shirt, the warrant says. When she told him to stop, Hall threatened to hurt her. He finally stopped when she threatened to report him.
The students did not report the incidents to the school until May, the warrant says.
Liz Moore, acting director of the state’s Special School District, said Hall left the deaf school before the end of last school year and did not return this year.
Hall, 1004 Gondon St., New Orleans, was booked Friday into Parish Prison on a count of indecent behavior with juveniles, booking documents show. He remained in Parish Prison in lieu of $20,000 bond Wednesday night.
Hall was the second student arrested this school year. A 16-year-old boy was booked in October on a count of aggravated rape in the September rape of a 6-year-old girl.
That incident prompted state Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek to close the school in early October to implement safety reforms and overhaul the school’s culture.
Last school year, five adults — including three current or former teachers — were arrested for allegedly sending explicit messages to students. Four of those people have pleaded guilty.