Students sentenced to probation for wearing clown masks at school

Two Central Lafourche High School students were given community service and placed on unsupervised probation for six months for wearing clown masks while driving around the school, the district attorney said.

Meanwhile, a Lockport man is awaiting trial in another incident involving a clown mask.

State law prohibits people from wearing masks in public places to hide or conceal their identities, except for festivities like Halloween and Mardi Gras. A conviction could mean six months to three years in prison.

Jordan Boudreaux and Taylor Defelice, of Raceland, were charged Oct. 4 after Defelice posted a photo to Snapchat of the two riding in his pickup truck wearing the masks, Sheriff Craig Webre said. Other students reported the incident to a school resource officer.

Snapchat is a messaging service that allows users to send photos and videos to specific people. The message then exists for a short time, the duration decided by the person sending it.

Lafourche Parish School District spokesman Floyd Benoit said on the day of the incident that Boudreaux and Defelice had been suspended.

District Attorney Cam Morvant II said his office put the students through a pre-trial intervention program.

Eric Gregoire is set for trial April 12 in state District Judge John LeBlanc's courtroom in Thibodaux. He was charged after a man reported he was disposing of trash outside a Crescent Avenue convenience store when another man jumped out at him wearing a clown mask.

Lockport Police Chief Warren Vedros said the incident occurred just after midnight Oct. 8. There was a brief struggle, during which the mask was removed and the complainant fell to the ground, bruising his arm.

Gregoire told officers he'd borrowed the mask from a friend and wanted to play a prank on the complainant, Vedros said.

According to court records, Gregoire pleaded guilty in 2005 to misdemeanor theft and in 2006 to misdemeanor simple criminal damage to property. Each time he was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation.

Gregoire was 29 at the time of the clown mask incident, while Boudreaux and Defelice were 17. They also had no prior arrests.

"These kids just did something that was foolish," Morvant said. "The other one just had different circumstances."

Houma Courier


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