District News & Information
Opening Day of School Bus Incident
On Thursday, August 11th, the first day of school, an incident occurred involving Kolby Begnaud, a Lafayette Parish School System bus driver and an English as a Second Language (ESL) student attending Lafayette High School. An investigation into the incident by district administrators revealed the following details. The incident began in the afternoon as Mr. Begnaud was bringing students home from school. Because it was the first day of school and because the route was new to him, Mr. Begnaud requested that the student come to the front of the bus to direct him to his stop. After initially refusing to comply the student moved to the front of the bus but would not assist Mr. Begnaud in helping him identify the location of his stop. According to Mr. Begnaud, the student called him several inappropriate names in Spanish while speaking on the phone, at which point he requested that the student speak in English. At a stop for another student, the ESL student darted out of the bus and began walking down the road. At this point, Mr. Begnaud began following the student and called 911 to inform police of the situation. Begnaud was told by the police to complete his bus route.