On Wednesday, state education officials announced that the school suspended a faculty member Feb. 6 after alleged incidents of inappropriate touching came to light during a group discussion among students.
That instructor’s supervisor was suspended Tuesday, pending further investigation on how the incidents were reported.
Department of Education spokeswoman Rene Greer declined to release the names of the two suspended employees.
A report was filed with the Baton Rouge Police Department Tuesday. Police spokesman Sgt. Don Kelly said Wednesday their investigation concluded the incident consisted of one instance of “extremely brief physical contact” and that no crime had occurred.
The alleged incident occurred several weeks ago when the instructor gave a 17-year-old female student a “single congratulatory pat on the buttocks,” Kelly said. The pat was not or violent in nature.
“What level and type of physical contact between a teacher and a student is ‘appropriate’ is up to the Louisiana School for the Deaf and the Department of Education to determine, but based on what our investigation showed this was apparently a relatively minor incident that was not criminal,” Kelly said.
Pastorek said while the inappropriate behavior was unfortunate, he was reassured the incidents were revealed during a group discussion among students with a staff member present.
“One of the key components of achieving a safe campus is creating a school culture that encourages students, staff and others to report these types of incidents so that they don’t happen again,” Pastorek said.