§38.2. Assault on a school teacher
A.(1) Assault on a school teacher is an assault committed when the offender has reasonable grounds to believe the victim is a school teacher acting in the performance of his duties.
(2)(a) For purposes of this Section, "school teacher" means any teacher, instructor, administrator, staff person, or employee of any public or private elementary, secondary, vocational-technical training, special, or postsecondary school or institution. For purposes of this Section, "school teacher" shall also include any teacher aide and paraprofessional, school bus driver, food service worker, and other clerical, custodial, or maintenance personnel employed by a city, parish, or other local public school board.
(b) For the purposes of this Section, "assault" means an attempt to commit on a school teacher a battery or the intentional placing of a school teacher in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery or making statements threatening physical harm to a school teacher.
(c) For the purposes of this Section, "school" means any public or nonpublic elementary, secondary, high school, vocational-technical school, college, special, or postsecondary school or institution, or university in this state.
(d) For the purposes of this Section, "student" means any person registered or enrolled at the school where the school teacher is employed.
B. Whoever commits the crime of assault on a school teacher shall be punished as follows:
(1) If the assault was committed by a student, upon conviction, the offender shall be fined not more than two thousand dollars or imprisoned not less than thirty days nor more than one hundred eighty days, or both.
(2) If the assault was committed by someone who is not a student, upon conviction, the offender shall be fined not more than two thousand dollars or imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than three years, or both.
Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 44, §1; Acts 2006, No. 733, §1, eff. July 1, 2006; Acts 2008, No. 295, §1, eff. June 17, 2008; Acts 2009, No. 283, §1.