Bossier schools settle lawsuit with Live Oak football coach


After years of litigation, Bossier Parish schools settle a lawsuit regarding the football coach who was hand-cuffed on the field during a play-off game in 2012.

Bossier Parish schools agreed to pay $25-thousand to resolve the lawsuit with the South Louisiana football coach.

The incident occurred back in 2012 when Parkway High School was playing Live Oak High, from Livingston Parish, when Live Oak’s head coach Barry Musemeche was hand-cuffed by a school resource officer and removed from the field.

According to the lawsuit, there was a miscommunication about when Parkway’s band would play and Musemeche was using the time for his player’s warm-up. Allegedly Parkway’s principal at the time, Nicole Bourgeois, told him get off the field and for an officer to “cuff him” when he didn’t. Musemeche later sued Bourgeois, the school system and police department. Bossier schools’ attorney said this settlement was for both parties to move forward while not admitting any fault. 

“This is an in globo settlement of all those claims, where a good settlement one party perhaps accepts less than he wanted and the other one makes a business decision to pay to end the litigation and that’s exactly what we’re dealing with here. We’re not dealing with a situation where anybody did anything wrong and is paying for it,” said Jon Guice, Bossier Parish school board attorney.

Musemeche had filed another lawsuit against the Louisiana High School Athletic Association relating to hearings about the case. Guice said the settlement resolves both cases and they stand behind the actions of the school resource officer that night. The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office is also a part of the settlement. 

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