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State Police Investigating Abuse at Celebrated Louisiana School

The Louisiana State Police have begun an investigation of T.M. Landry College Preparatory School, leading a coordinated law-enforcement response to allegations of physical abuse at a school that gained national attention for vaulting working-class black students to the nation’s most elite colleges and universities.

The State Police investigation comes two weeks after The New York Times published a report detailing physical violence, emotional abuse, and transcript fraud at T.M. Landry, a small private school in Breaux Bridge, La., which has been featured on national television, showered with donor dollars and hailed as a model for preparing African-American children for college.