It would have been more diplomatic to wait until the young man had graduated out of the high school system.
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Jeff Council members to Mike Yenni: Resign immediately
Three members of the Jefferson Parish Council issued a letter Friday (Oct. 7) calling for Parish President Mike Yenni's immediate resignation, saying the consequences of his "poor judgment" in sending explicit text messages to a 17-year-old high school student would negatively impact the parish and Yenni's ability to effectively lead parish government.
Yenni has admitted to sending "improper texts" to a young man in 2015. At the time, he was mayor of Kenner.
"Such contact with a boy who last year was still of high school age is far outside the realm of any acceptable standards in our community," the letter says.
"If you remain in office, the consequences of your poor judgment will negatively impact your ability to effectively govern as already evidenced by your absence at our last council meeting," the letter states. "The stigma surrounding these matters will inhibit your ability to attend civic and public meetings as well as an inevitable reluctance by schools to invite you to their campus and their school functions.