Project L.E.A.D. (Legal Enrichment and Decision-Making)
The District Attorney's office offers a unique classroom experience for
Lafourche area sixth graders. District Attorney's Office personnel visit
sixth grade classrooms monthly throughout the school year to teach the
children about the legal system and to discuss choices and consequences.
Role playing, focusing on legal, social, and sometimes medical consequences
of the decisions people make, is utilized to foster class discussion on
these important topics. The program culminates with a mock trial in which
the students serve as the prosecutors, defense attorneys, and jurors. The
mock trial provides the students an up close view of the legal process.
"My gratitude to all involved with the Project L.E.A.D. program. Your
participation in the education of our Lafourche parish youth is
appreciated." - Angie Besson, LCO Middle
"I think the L.E.A.D.
program helped to increase students' awareness of personal consequences as
well as the legal ramifications involved in breaking the law. The kids
enjoyed the role-playing. I think it was instrumental in creating a lasting
effect on what they've learned." - Joycelyn C. Terrebonne, Golden
"...I felt that it was very insightful for the children
to learn what legal issues were involved in seemingly innocent activities.
The mock trial was especially a real reality check for some..." -
Paulette Plaisance DeFelice, Holy Rosary
In keeping with the choices and consequences theme of our
Project LEAD program, the District Attorney visits all four Lafourche high
schools to present the Domino Effect. The District Attorney, along with
members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving address high school seniors each
spring to discuss the potential, life changing ramifications of impaired
Violence Intervention Program (VIP)
VIP is a zero-tolerance school violence program. It is primarily designed to
combat violence in the schools. The District Attorney's Office and the
Lafourche Parish School Board require that offending students complete
conflict resolution classes. Ultimately, the goal is to create a school
environment where all students can feel safe.
District Attorney Truancy Program (DATE)
The truancy program grew
out of a need to combat chronic absenteeism in parish schools. Numerous
studies have shown that high rates of absenteeism often lead to discipline
problems and poor academic performance. The DATE program, through truancy
court, holds parents accountable for their children's school attendance.
DATE seeks to work with the Lafourche Parish School Board to make our school
system the best it can be. Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying
The District Attorney’s Office, in collaboration with the Children’s
Advocacy Center of Lafourche, makes presentations to area schools and
churches regarding the dangers associated with unsupervised internet use by
children. Topics discussed include Facebook, MySpace, cyber bullying, and