A father of a student at Carencro Middle has filed complaints against the principal for throwing a bottle at his son.
Christopher Bernard said his son threw an empty Gatorade bottle out of a window on the second floor of Carencro Middle. It landed, according to Bernard next to the principal's feet. He said the principal picked up the bottle and walked to the second floor where his son was standing.
"He said ‘come here', and threw the bottle at my son and hit him in the face. The he said, ‘pick it up and throw it away'," said Bernard.
Another parent made Bernard aware of the incident the following day.
"One of the brothers in the organization that I am in called and told me his son said (my son) got hit in the face with a bottle by the principal," Bernard explained. " I called my wife and she asked my son and he said it happened."
The principal, Dr. Spurgeon Banyard declined an interview and referred our team to the Lafayette Parish School System. Assistant Superintendent Sandra Billeaudeau said, "The alleged incident is being investigated by the Carencro Police and Rubye Hilliard. At this time we have no comment."
Rubye Hilliard, a specialist with the Conflict Resolution and Compliance Board did not return our calls, but Bernard said he had spoken with Hilliard.
"She read me a statement the principal wrote. He said he threw the bottle and (my son) caught it. That's it the statement. He threw the bottle," said Bernard.
Chief of Police, Carlos Stout said they were notified of the incident and did an investigation. He said his team found no criminal activity.
"We will be forwarding the case to the District Attorney," Stout began, "but that is for review only. We will be closing this case."
Bernard says his son is guilty and deserved to be punished. Bernard explained that his son received an in school suspension and was punished at home; but he firmly believes the principal should be punished for his alleged actions.
"You don't act that way at school. If I don't do anything, that shows my son it's okay for someone to do that to him. By filing complaints it show my son and the community to stand up for what you believe in, and if you believe you're right, you fight for it."
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