The interim director of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans was banned from the Audubon Charter School campus in 2010 over a dispute with a student, an incident she said this week stemmed from her attempt to prevent her daughter from being bullied there. Meanwhile, the school released a number of statements Wednesday addressing questions surrounding her hiring and other issues.
Gisele Schexnider told a classmate of her daughter that she would “see him after school,” language that Audubon Charter’s assistant principal interpreted as a threat and thus ordered Schexnider not to come on campus, according to a report published Tuesday by The Lens. Schexnider told Lycee parents on Tuesday night that the boy had been harassing her daughter, that she was simply trying to arrange a meeting between herself and the boys’ parents, and that her words were misconstrued by Audubon officials, according to a subsequent report in The Lens.
The school also released two statements related to the reports Wednesday. In the first statement, the school offered new details on its contract for legal representation by Adams and Reese that was mentioned earlier this month, saying it had retained attorneys Lee C. Reid and Jaimmé Collins for assistance responding to public-records requests from The Lens and to defend the school and two board members, Jean Montes and Paige Saleun, in a defamation lawsuit by a special-education coordinator who was fired late last year.
The second statement details Schexnider’s qualifications for the interim post leading the school. She previously taught French at Louise McGehee School, had part-time faculty positions at the University of New Orleans and taught kindergarten at the International School of Louisiana. She was selected in part because she was raised in France and advocated for the school’s opening to the French government, according to the statement.