Abbeville Police Officer John Castille (in dark blue shirt), who was a hired security officer at the school board meeting, had to get in between attorney Bob Hammonds (middle) and Superintendent Jerome Puyau’s personal attorney, Lane Roy (light blue shirt) because the two men were arguing with each other. Puyau (left) also attempts to separate the two lawyers.
Security has now tripled at Vermilion Parish School Board meetings over the last five years.
Five years ago there was no need for security. Two years ago one security officer was added. At the next board meeting, there is expected to be three security officers on location.
One officer outside and two inside.
Abbeville Police Chief Bill Spearman has decided to beef up security at school board meetings because of what happened at the last school board meeting.