Adults involved in second day of fighting at Barbe High

Published: Sep. 8, 2023 at 11:38 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2023 at 2:09 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - For the second time this week, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fight at Barbe High School. Except this time, it wasn’t just the students fighting.

According to the sheriff’s office, there was another fight between students this morning at the school which was unrelated to a large fight on Thursday which is still under investigation. This morning’s fight between students was quickly broken up by the school resource officers.

But after parents and guardians were called to the school, the adults also began to fight, according to deputies. The fight was stopped by deputies and school personnel who cleared the individuals from the campus.

The Calcasieu Parish School Board says it will be deferring to the sheriff’s office in regard to any charges or arrests as the investigation into these incidents continues.

Superintendent Shannon LaFargue issued the following statement this afternoon:

“It’s important to us as an educational organization for our families to know that the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is, and will always be, a top priority. Teaching and learning cannot happen within the walls of our classrooms if we cannot provide a safe environment for everyone involved. In regards to the recent incidents at Barbe High School, we, in conjunction with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, are fully investigating these matters. We are reviewing our current protocols and procedures to see how we can improve. School-level logistical adjustments are currently being considered, as well as placement of additional law enforcement personnel. Students involved in incidents on our campuses will be held accountable to the fullest extent possible, and we will not tolerate adults causing disturbances on our properties.”