The Baton Rouge woman arrested earlier this month after allegedly threatening a driver traveling on her flooded street — striking the vehicle with a baseball bat and then aiming a gun at the driver — no longer works for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.

Bridgette Digerolamo, 38, a now former physical education teacher at Broadmoor Elementary School in Baton Rouge, is facing three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. She is free on a $2,500 bond.

Taylor Gast, spokeswoman for the school system, confirmed Thursday the employee’s departure. When ask for further information about Digerolamo's departure, Gast referred questions to Gwynn Shamlin, general counsel for the school system.

Citing privacy laws, Shamlin also wouldn't say at first whether Digerolamo resigned or was terminated, the reasons for her departure, or her last date of employment. 

The school system every month gives the School Board a report on personnel changes during the previous month, including the names of all employees who resign or are terminated, the general reasons why and their last day as an employee. The August report is expected to include details of Digerolamo’s departure.

Shamlin acknowledged that that information will be released publicly next month when the personnel changes report is released. Shamlin would not explain why that information couldn't be released earlier.

Late Thursday, Shamlin answered the question he wouldn't answer earlier in the day: "I can confirm that the employee has been terminated and the termination was effective as of July 29th."

The day after Digerlamo’s arrest on July 6, the school system announced it was investigating the matter internally, but has not said anything about that investigation. Digerolamo was on summer break at the time.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. in front of the Digerolamo home in the 6200 block of Chattanooga Drive in Baton Rouge. The driver and passengers, who videoed the encounter, left the area and called 911.

The driver and her passengers told an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy that, as they drove down the street, which had water on it from the morning's rain, Digerolamo came out of her house with a bat, yelling at them to turn around because they'd make her house flood, the arrest records show.

Digerolamo then used the bat to strike the side and tailgate of the vehicle, the records say.

When the victims got out of the vehicle to check for damage, Digerolamo went back into her house and came out with a handgun, pointing it at them, according to the arrest records.

District Attorney Hillar Moore said the case file recently reached his office and he said he's heard from Digerolamo's attorney, but has made no decisions yet on how to proceed.

"Plan is to meet with victim and witnesses and then meet with lawyer for defendant to obtain info from anyone and everyone involved," Moore said.


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