Destrehan teacher sex scandal probe gets help from Kenner police

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - Kenner police joined the investigation into allegations that two female teachers at Destrehan High School in St. Charles Parish had a sexual relationship with a male student.

One of the teachers lives in Kenner, and a Kenner Police spokesman said investigators are looking into allegations that some of the sex acts occurred in Kenner.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office said its investigation is ongoing. Outside the school, parents and grandparents expressed concerns and their hopes for a quick conclusion.

"I just hope that whatever happened that they find out what happened, they get dealt with," said Natasha Baptiste, who has a son who attends the school.

The speculation about the allegations has been rampant.

"But I don't know, and it is terrible," said Colleen Whittle as she was leaving the school where her grandchild is a student.

"It's a concern, you know, I mean for the students' safety," said Baptiste.

Some fear the scandal is distracting students.

"It sure is because all the kids are talking, so definitely it is a distraction," said Whittle.

As the school district continues its own investigation, the school's principal, Stephen Weber, seeks to the allay concerns of parents. He sent the following recorded phone message:

"Good Evening Fighting Wildcat students/parents, This is Stephen Weber, Principal of Destrehan High School. By now, you may have heard about a situation being investigated at DHS. I want to assure you that while the school system and proper authorities are conducting a thorough investigation of the allegations, you can be confident that teaching and learning -our core business - will continue effectively. No further information regarding the situation can be given, but please do not hesitate to contact me at the school if you have any concerns."

"Yeah, that was good that he did that, that was good, at least they let the parents know what was going on," said Baptiste.

The teachers remain on administrative leave without pay, according to school district spokeswoman Stevie Crovetto.

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