Derrick Comeaux believes the move was in retaliation for comments he made to the school board the night before in which he detailed discipline problems he encounters on a daily basis.
A UL Lafayette education major who was serving as a student teacher at Carencro High School was abruptly escorted off campus Thursday by the school's resource officer. The student, Derrick Comeaux, tells The Advertiser he believes the move was in retaliation for comments he made to the school board the night before in which he detailed discipline problems he encounters on a daily basis.
Comeaux's comments lasted more than five minutes and included among other things examples of students directing expletives at the teachers - examples in which he repeated the "f word" multiple times for the board and the members of the public attending the meeting.
Citing his own poor background, Comeaux told the board that poverty isn't a barrier to getting a good education - discipline in the classroom is.
"Unless Jesus Christ himself comes down before us and this board and tells me differently, poverty it's not and ineffective teachers it's not - it's the discipline, it's the disruption, it's having to stop your class and go write somebody up 40 and 50 times over a grading period," he said.
That's well and good and probably true. What likely got Comeaux booted from his student teaching position - dropping F bombs didn't help, to be sure - was a veiled threat in which he suggested without explicitly saying that if a student became violent toward him he would return the violence in kind: "Had this student put their hands on me, then we would've addressed it in another manner," he said in passing.
The statement is at about 2:32 in the audio below. Warning: Comeaux's full comments are captured below and there are several instances in which he uses the "f word."