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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 Meadow Middle

"...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

Domino Effect

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 driving.

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 cyber stalking.