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La. Teachers Accused of Bullying and Starting Elementary School Fight Club

Tracy Gallow; Ann Marie Shelvin (St. Landry Parish, La., Sheriff’s Office)
Tracy Gallow; Ann Marie Shelvin (St. Landry Parish, La., Sheriff’s Office)

Anne Shelvin, 44, and Tracy Gallow, 50, two teachers at Washington Elementary School, in Opelousas, La., were arrested last week after starting what school officials are referring to as a “fight club.”


St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said that a student’s mother complained that Shelvin bullied her 11-year-old child, told the student to “go kill yourself” and promised to fail other students if they didn’t fight the unnamed 11-year-old, according to The Advertiser. After Shelvin was removed, Gallow, a substitute, retaliated against the student for tattling on Shelvin.

“The student admitted she was told if she would not fight with the 11-year-old, that Shelvin would refuse to help her with her classwork just like she refused to help the 11-year-old,” a sheriff’s statement read. “The student stated that she was scared that she would be treated like the 11-year-old and would fail the seventh grade.”


Gallow was caught on camera pushing the 11-year-old on two separate occasions, authorities said.

“Gallow then started pulling, pushing and yelling at her daughter because she reported to the principal that her teacher Ann Shelvin was making her and two of her other friends fight the 11-year-old because Shelvin did not like her or her mother,” Guidroz’s statement continued.

Gallow was charged with malfeasance in office, simple battery and intimidation and interference in school operation and was jailed on a $1,500 bond.

Shelvin was charged with encouraging or contributing to child delinquency, malfeasance in office, and intimidation and interference in the operation of schools, with her bond set at $2,000.


Read more at The Advertiser.

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