Saints Roman Harper surprises students as a substitute teacher

Bill Capo talks about a Saints player surprising a local school.

BELLE CHASSE – Saints safety Roman Harper spent Wednesday trying his hand at a different career: teacher.

"Yesss!!" said the class, applauding as Harper entered the room.

Belle Chasse High School students were amazed and thrilled when the Harper arrived without warning, to be their substitute teacher.

"I was very nervous," Harper said. "But the kids have been awesome. My sociology class was really good to me."

No Xs and O's here. Mr. Harper tackled English, Psychology, Sociology, and was impressed with the teachers.

"I was really shocked, and I didn't know what was going on, but when I saw him, I was like, star struck really," said senior Jori Banks.

Harper said he learned a thing or two himself.

"They really honestly care about the kids, and the student body here," Harper said.

Principal Jemi Carlone was impressed that he spent the entire day with the students.

"He's really had a message of, you don't have to be the biggest, toughest guy to be successful," she said. "You have to have a big heart, and you have to have good grades. So I love his message."

Mr. Harper also left each of his classes with encouraging words.

"I want them to learn that I was that same person in their seats," Harper explained. "I'm the same person, I'm just a more grown-up version of each one of you."

To say the students had fun is an understatement.

"It was an exciting experience, it's not every day you get to meet someone like that," said senior football team member Jackson Sanders.

Mr. Harper even brought a special gift, 300 pizzas. Best substitute ever.

(© 2016 WWL)


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