The Lafayette Parish School System will spend more than $26,000 on new security lights and 20 high-definition security cameras for Northside High following a shooting after Friday’s football game that injured a student who was waiting on a ride in the parking lot.
Lafayette police Cpl. Paul Mouton said Wednesday the investigation continues into the Sept. 11 shooting that injured a 17-year-old student.
“They’re still following up some good leads,” Mouton said.
The teen was shot in the arm as she waiting with two friends at the front of the school after the game, and her leg also was injured when an older-model, brown car hit her as its driver fled the scene. She is now at home recovering from her injuries and as of Monday was expected to return to school.
The school system will purchase four security light systems to improve visibility in the school’s parking lot and replace existing security cameras with 20 high-definition ones for a total cost of $26,237, school officials said.
On Monday, Superintendent Donald Aguillard said he and staff met with the Police Department to review security at the school and to also review game night security plans at other high schools.
Now, a minimum of 12 police officers will staff Northside High home games with the school district paying for four of the officers’ time and the school system funding the other eight officers.
“The district is also helping to provide officers at basketball and volleyball game,” school system officials said in a news release. “The number of officers will be determined by attendance and other relevant factors. City police have also indicated that in addition to the increase in police presence at sporting events that they would also increase visibility of police cruisers and additional audio-visual technology in close proximity to campus.”
The release says additional officers also will be dispatched at the other high schools in Lafayette Parish to address heightened concerns over security.