White A Catholic high school student in Louisiana was arrested and charged this week after he was caught in a video assaulting a Black classmate by throwing cotton at him and then hitting him with a belt. him, authorities said.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that the 9th grader from Vandebilt Catholic High School had been arrested for one simple crime and one hate crime and taken to the Juvenile Justice Center. Terrebonne Parish Year. The 15-year-old boy has yet to be identified.
The video shows the teenager attacking others students went viral last week. In footage provided to WWLTV, a white male student walks up to a Black classmate sitting at a table in a crowded lunchroom in Vandebilt. White student throw cotton hit the Black student, then repeatedly hit the Black student with his belt.
“We couldn’t sweep this under the rug,” PJ Allridge, a Vandebilt alumnus who was a friend of the victim’s family, told WWLT.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook last week that the incident appears to be racially motivatedand take place during school hours.
“Good! Time for someone to set an example”, Facebook user Jackie Outhouse wrote in response to the post.
“No human being should be treated the way this boy was treated,” Carey Clement Redmond speak. “A 9th grader KNOW better than to act like that. He deserves his consequences. In any case, this should not be tolerated”.
The sheriff’s statement added that the victim’s parents met with detectives as part of the investigation.
“The victim’s parents have also met with the school administration and they are diligently assisting parents in dealing with this unacceptable situation,” the sheriff added.
The victim’s family shared a statement with WWLT, saying they hope the incident will serve as a lesson for others.
“We will continue to pray for our entire school community, that we not only get through this together, but that we each learn a valuable lesson from what happened.” victim’s family speak.
Vandebilt Catholic High School is a private school based in Houma. The organization requires applicants to submit interview Before they were accepted, its mission was “to commit to spiritual training and to academic excellence in an environment rooted in Catholic values and in the teachings of Jesus Christ.” The school mostly serves Catholic students of Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux and is the only Catholic school in Terrebonne Parish.
Vandebilt Catholic High School did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.