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South Bossier community divided over Parkway High School principal

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BOSSIER CITY, La. -

Bully, no business around kids, disgraceful human being, strong leader, unfairly attacked.

No matter how you describe her, there's no denying the turmoil surrounding Dr. Nichole Bourgeois, Parkway High School, and the south Bossier community.

"She has not taken care of her responsibilities as an administrator of the school."

Scott Medley is a 2009 graduate of Parkway.

He says then Assistant Principal Bourgeois lacked compassion for students who needed it most, referring to the suicide of 15-year-old Danielle Cox, who took her life in 2011 after being severely harassed by fellow students.

"If [Bourgeois] had done her job and taken the action, I'm not saying that they would still be around, but it would have increased their chances greatly."

Today, over 500 people have signed an online petition at change.org calling for the removal of Bourgeois as Principal of Parkway.

Part of that petition stems from a football game a little over a year ago that landed the school - and Bourgeois - in hot water.

Related story: Petition launched in support of firing of Parkway High School principal

Rewind to the night of November 9, 2012, and the play-off game against Live Oak High School, out of Livingston Parish.

The time is 6:35 pm, Parkway's football team leaves the field but Live Oak's team remains, and continues to warm-up.

An announcement is made over the loudspeaker requesting the team leave the field.

6:36pm, a second request is made.

According to the testimony given by Bourgeois in Baton Rouge during the Louisiana High School Athletic Association hearing, she then asked a referee to have the Live Oak team vacate the field.

The referee refused, saying he didn't have the authority to do that.

Bourgeois then requests help from Bossier Sheriff's deputy - and School Resource Officer - Paul Hopkins.

Testimony states that Hopkins and Bourgeois approach Live Oak coach, Barry 'Tut' Musemeche, and verbally request four times that he leave the field.

According to Bourgeois's account, he refused a total of at least 13 requests.

Time now - nearing 6:45pm.

Testimoney recounts Deputy Paul Hopkins took Musemeche's arm to lead him off the field, but Musemeche pulled his arm away.

Hopkins said in a statement that he took this as a threat and hand-cuffed the coach.

Photos obtained by KTBS show the Live Oak football team surrounding Bourgeois, two members of the Bossier Sheriff's department, two other members of Parkway's administrations, and Musemeche in the minutes before he was hand-cuffed.

"It's all been positive for a safe, learning environment."

Parkway parent Tim Wheelahan says much of what's been negatively said about Bourgeois has been taken out of context.

"Facebook and social media, it's fine to send pictures to Aunt Gertrude, but it's not a place to condemn and ridicule people because there is no editorial board."

What's not shown in these pictures is a series of e-mail correspondence between Bourgeois and Live Oak's administration, as well as their Assistant Band Director.

That correspondence involves Bourgeois carefully outlining the pre-game schedule, while Live Oak repeatedly asked for that schedule to be changed so that their band could perform at half-time.

Bourgeois was not willing to adjust that schedule, saying in her testimony that she kept it the same for every game to ensure consistency, in addition to a planned Veteran's Day tribute during half-time for that particular game.

The LHSAA handed down seven sanctions for Parkway as punishment, including one that prohibited the school from hosting any play-off games for the 2013 season.

Related story: LHSAA ruling upheld, Parkway High School not allowed to host any playoff games

The Bossier Parish school system - and Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen - declined to make any further statement today.

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