Kyle Barnett Feb. 10, 2015, 6:31pm


GRETNA – The parents of a student who they allege was molested by a fellow student on three occasions at Joshua Butler Elementary School are suing.

Juan Halicki and Nicole Breaux Halicki, individually and on behalf of their minor child, filed suit against Jefferson Parish School Board in the 24th Judicial District Court on Dec. 10.

The Halickis claim that their minor child was attending the school in September 2014 when on three occasions a fellow student pushed the child to the ground during recess and molested the child. The plaintiffs allege that they reported the first instance of molestation to the school’s principal Denise Rehm and the Westwego Police Department. However, the Halickis contend the Jefferson Parish School Board failed to protect their child by allowing the abuse to reoccur.

The defendant is accused of failing to provide a safe environment, failing to protect their child from repeated acts of molestation, failing to properly supervise students, failing to provide adequate staff and failing to properly supervise and train employees.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for bodily injury, emotional pain and distress, mental pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, physical pain and suffering and medical expenses.

The Halickis are represented by Blaine M. Hebert of Marrero-based Hebert Law Firm LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division O Judge Danyelle M. Taylor.

Case no. 745-017.

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