Aug 23, 2013 6:28 PM by Chris Welty

Principal Cleared in Simple Battery Investigation

Carencro Police say a crime was not committed by Carencro Middle School Principal Spurgeon Banyard.

Police are no longer investigating an alleged case of simple battery at the school. A student, Roy Clark claims the principal scratched his face and busted his lip. A police report was filed on Thursday by the student's parents who claimed the principal punched their son while he was being disciplined.

Clark is a student assigned to the behavior disorder class. Police say the student was "extremely unruly" and was using profanity toward other students, administrators and staff. The student was escorted to the principal's office and was accompanied by a teacher and three other students.

Principal Banyard tells KATC the student used explicit language and became violent in his office. He says the student proceeded to throw items from his desk onto the floor. The student was instructed three times to pick up the items and Banyard says when the student complied, he "hit his face on the corner of the desk." Police say the incident was witnessed by a teacher.

Police say an item which was thrown from the desk was broken, however the principal declined to press charges on the student for simple criminal damage to property.

Roy Clarks parents say they aren't buying Principal Banyard's story. "The behavior has nothing to do with him putting his hands on someone else's child," said Lois Clark.

She wants Principal Banyard removed from Carencro Middle School. In the meantime, she is arranging for her son to be moved to another school in the parish.

Lafayette Parish School Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper says the district is investigating. They will conduct separate interviews with everyone involved and take written statements.

Chris Welty



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