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Family of North Central teen says deputy had no reason to pull gun from holster

Posted: 10:30 PM, Oct 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-25 23:45:04-04

A St. Landry Parish High School student is facing charges in the assault of his bus driver.

That bus driver, according to the sheriff’s office, remains hospitalized but is expected to recover.  A 15-year-old North Central High student was arrested for second- degree battery charges. He has been released to his mother’s custody.

The family has hired an attorney, C. Hunter King, to take over their case.

King says the young man’s life has forever changed. The teen has, according to King, never had an incident with law enforcement and now he will forever be apart of the criminal justice system.

“A grown man, well over the age of 25, punching a minor who is a sophomore at North Central High school,” King said.

The family of the teen stands behind their story that the teen was using self-defense in the altercation with the bus driver. The family also takes issue with the deputy who detained their son. They say the deputy had no reason to unholster his gun.

“His life was not being threatened and no family members ever approached him from behind that would have suggested for him to pull his revolver,” King said.

Sheriff Bobby Guidroz disagrees, saying the deputy was within his right. Guidroz says people in the classroom were coming at the deputy from behind and he did what he was trained to do.

The Sheriff’s office is still investigating the video evidence of the bus incident.