BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — It has been an emotional couple of weeks for Istrouma students. Now the football team, marching band, cheerleaders and dance team are participating in what could be their last game of the season.
"It's heartbreaking," said Jennifer Parker, an Istrouma cheer mom and alum.
"They have their last game tonight and she is very upset about it," added Debrah Porter, a mother of an Istrouma band member and basketball player.
For Istrouma students participating in the high school's football program, Friday's playoff game is bittersweet.
"It’s going to be different for a lot of us to see that these kids are going to miss something that was so important in their lives and now it's just taken away from them," explained Parker.
It is most likely the last game they'll cheer in or play in as an Indian.
"They returned their money for their band uniforms, and she was upset about that because she's not going to have no band to participate in," added Porter.
For some, their high school activities have helped them grow as young adults and excel in school.
"She enjoys doing the cheering, not only the cheering though, she's very focused on her education, and she likes to draw, it was one of the things she took interest in while she was there," explained Parker.
"I’ve seen a lot of changing in her, she stays out of trouble. I can talk to her now. Now that she's involved in a lot of activities over there she's doing good with her grades and everything," added Porter.
Parker said there was only one thing left for her to do today as her daughter heads to her last game, give her a little advice and tell her to keep her head held high.
"I told her to stay focused, I said, 'remember you're supporting your school, and Istrouma will always be Istrouma, and just cheer,'” shared Parker.
Parker has also raised concerns over forcing her child to switch schools and what it could do to the cohesiveness of her education. She said she is upset that the decision to close the school was also made without parent input.
Parents can voice their concerns to the Recovery School District at a November 18th meeting.