Attempted bridge jumper identified as school president

Attempted bridge jumper identified as school president
The Huey P. Long Bridge in Jefferson Parish (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -The person who attempted to jump from the Huey P. Long Bridge before a three-hour stand-off has been identified as a New Orleans school president.

According to a Carlton Dufrechau, general manager of the bridge, De La Salle High School President Michael Giambelluca was the man who attempted to jump from the bridge Monday evening.

A press release issued by De La Salle High School said Giambelluca is now on a leave of absence from the school.

“We are saddened by the reported incident concerning De La Salle President Mr. Michael Giambelluca that will require a leave of absence due to medical reasons. We ask that you keep Mr. Giambelluca and his family in your prayers during this difficult time.- Herb Anderson Board Chairman De La Salle High School.”

According to Causeway Police, Giambelluca attempted to jump from the Huey P. Long Bridge when a Causeway Police officer grabbed him by his shirt.

He fell on to a girder where he remained for three hours as officers tried to negotiate with him.

Giambelluca was removed from the girder and taken to a medical facility.

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