March 16, 2007
Reported by: Associated Press
An Evangeline Parish schoolteacher coaching a youth basketball team was attacked at the Mamou Elementary School gym this week in front of children and parents. Authorities say the attack appears to be retaliation by a parent and his brother for the teacher disciplining a child in school.
Monday's attack is the second on a schoolteacher in Central Louisiana within a month. On February 27th, Peabody Magnet High School girls basketball coach Michael Burks was punched, allegedly by a parent, following the team's loss in the state basketball tournament.
In the Evangeline Parish incident, District Attorney Brent Coriel says the teacher and a friend, whose names were not released, suffered "substantial injuries." He said one man had a cracked jaw and back injuries, and the other man may lose sight in one of his eyes.