Sunday, December 3

Louisiana pastor, ‘Survivor’ star defends taping students’ mouths

LAFAYETTE, La. — A Louisiana pastor, “Survivor” contestant and Republican politician was arrested last week and charged with three counts of cruelty to juveniles after taping children’s mounts shut for talking too much in class. I have defended his actions Monday.

Rev. John Raymond, founder and headmaster of Slidell’s Lakeside Christian Academy, issued a 1,100-word statement on the school’s website blaming the students for bullying a teacher and insisting none of the children were harmed.

Raymond, who is an elected member of the Louisiana Republican Party governing board, said a teacher approached him in tears threatening to quit because a group of students was continually disrupting her class by talking.

“We have a zero-tolerance bully policy at Lakeside,” Raymond said in his statement. “This means students cannot bully each other or bully the teachers. We are serious about protecting both our students and our teachers.”

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