LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — Walker High School Principal Jason St. Pierre has been granted sick leave for the remainder of the year, Livingston Parish Schools officials said.

Superintendent Joe Murphy said in a statement issued to the media that he granted St. Pierre’s request for sick leave from Oct. 20 to June 30, 2024. The school system will advertise for a substitute principal to fill his vacant position.

St. Pierre’s request comes after backlash for his response to a video of Walker High student Kaylee Timonet dancing at an off-campus party. St. Pierre reportedly asked her about her religion and stripped her place on student government and of a scholarship opportunity. People in the community and on social media quickly supported Kaylee by selling T-shirts that read, “Let the Girl Dance.”

In a statement released on Oct 8, St. Pierre said he had apologized to Timonet and her family. The next day, he asked to take a leave for the remainder of the year.