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Dufrocq School principal no longer on the job after Investigative Unit uncovered reports of child left in squalor

7 months 5 days 9 hours ago Thursday, October 12 2023 Oct 12, 2023 October 12, 2023 12:52 PM October 12, 2023 in News
By: WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - Seven weeks after an Investigative Unit report about a child left covered in feces, the principal at the Dufrocq School has left the job.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board confirms that Ariane St. Julien is no longer with the school. The school issued a statement saying St. Julien was reassigned as principal on assignment, and that Dufrocq Assistant Principal Courtney Turner was named interim principal for the remainder of the 2023-24 school year.

Additionally, Kelly Washington, a Montessori specialist at Belfair, will transition to assistant principal at Dufrocq to strengthen Montessori guidance within the school, according to the school.

In August, the mother of a two-year-old enrolled in Dufrocq's pre-k program revealed to the Investigative Unit that her child had a bathroom accident at school and was left in his soiled clothes.

The Louisiana Department of Education issued two citations and two warnings to Dufrocq in August. The citations were in regards to improper training and orientation, and for failing to clean a child after a toileting accident.

The two LDOE warnings were for "non-vehicular excursions" and "items that can be harmful to children."

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