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19-year-old student at Acadiana High arrested following incident on campus

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Aug 20, 2021

Scott Police say a 19-year-old student at Acadiana High was arrested Friday morning following an incident.

Scott Police say that at 7:00 am officers were contacted by an Assistant Principal that a student was not following commands, was disturbing the peace, and refused to stop or comply.

Officers were able to escort the student, identified as 19-year-old John Andrus, to the front office when he attempted to walk away but was stopped by officers.

Police say Andrus then attempted to walk away again in the opposite direction. At that time, an officer grabbed Andrus by his hand and attempted to stop him when the he pulled away and began resisting.

Police say Andrus stayed tense, constantly trying to get away from officers.

Officers put a single hand cuff on Andrus' right hand but could not get it onto his left hand. Andrus was placed against a glass window inside of the school hallway and continued to resist. Police say this caused the glass window to crack.

Scott Police say Andrus was then able to pull away and he and an officer fell to the ground. They say Andrus got to his feet and using his right hand, that still had a hand cuff attached, allegedly swung a punch at the officer then ran down the hall way where he ultimately slowed down and was met at Taser point.

Andrus was told multiple times to get on the ground or he would be Tazed, they say.

Scott Police say Andrus began trying to to rip the handcuff away from his wrist.

"He continued to not comply at which time he was Tazed," police say. Andrus fell to the ground and he was placed in handcuffs and complied with officers

Andrus was escorted to the School Resource Officer Office and was checked out by Acadian Ambulance Services.

He was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on the charges of Disturbing the Peace, Aggravated assault on a police officer, Resisting an Officer by force and Criminal damage to Property.

During the incident, Scott Police say no students or staff were injured during the process.

After reports of a Friday morning incident at Acadiana High School, KATC reached out to LPSS on the matter.

A spokesperson with LPSS says the matter has been resolved and all students are in class. The school day resumed as normal.

No lock downs were implemented.

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