The sexting controversy involving Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni doesn’t seem to be going away.
Not only has a local group claimed to collect 10,000 signatures for a recall election, but late Tuesday the Jefferson Parish School Board unanimously voted to ban Yenni from all public schools in the area.
From The Advocate:
Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, who plunged his administration into scandal when he recently admitted that he sent suggestive text messages to a teenage boy, is now on an official list of people who are not welcome around the parish’s public school students.
The parish School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban Yenni indefinitely from appearing at any public school facilities or events, including sports contests and festivals.
Board members said that type of action is usually reserved for unruly parents or disgruntled former employees who are considered potentially dangerous or distracting to children — not for elected officials, who typically are afforded the privilege of observing or addressing the school district’s nearly 50,000 students on campuses or at extracurricular activities whenever they please.
From the way the school board was talking at the meeting, it doesn’t sound like the resolution could hold up in court. There’s also the fact he voluntarily banned himself from public schools last month.
Not to mention Yenni hasn’t technically committed a crime. But that didn’t stop the board from unanimously voting for his ban and one board member even calling him a pervert.
And then there’s the lawsuit that was was filed in the 24th Judicial District of Louisiana against Registrar of Voters Dennis DiMarco that called Yenni “an admitted child (p)edophile and open homosexual while being married with children.”
The suit actually concerns whether the self-explanatory Recall Yenni, Inc. has the right to set up a booth within 100 feet of polling locations Nov. 8. State law and the Louisiana AG have both basically said “No,” so now the group is taking legal action.
Yenni admitted to string of “sexting” messages with a then-17-year-old high school student last month after the FBI confirmed they were looking into the allegations. The teen involved told WWL-TV that that no sex actually happened, but even if it had the age of consent is 17 so Yenni hasn’t had to worry about legal trouble.
Political trouble? Well, that’s another matter, and things don’t seem to be getting better for the embattled Jefferson Parish president.