The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office reports (via a press release) that they arrested an Assistant Principal of Eunice High School on charges related to allegations involving one of his children.

Deputies arrested 45-year-old Brett Andrew Semien for the following:

  • Simple Battery on a Police Officer (Misdemeanor)
  • Cruelty to a Juvenile (Felony)
  • Resisting Arrest (Misdemeanor)

It has been alleged by Semien's 14-year-old son that that man punched him in the stomach twice and kicked him in the chest when he was on the ground.

, Photo courtesy of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux says that the teenager claims his father became upset when there was a snake in the yard. The teen is allergic to them. Because the boy didn't keep his eye on the snake and, instead, came to warn his father, Semien got upset. His anger allegedly escalated when the teen wasn't able to help him put the arms of the bush hog on the equipment.

Thibodeaux says while deputies were on the scene helping the boy, they instructed Semien multiple times to stay away from his sons in an area over by a four-wheeler. Deputies say he also failed to listen to all of their commands including putting his hands behind his back. Eventually, Semien admitted to deputies he did have a gun on his person, it was removed, and Semien was taken into custody.

Sherrif Bobby Guidroz had this to say about the whole situation:

"The fact that Semien was armed while he was passively then "forcibly" resisting arrest and not complying with the commands of a deputy trying to render aid to a juvenile victim could have resulted in a deadly force encounter. I would like to thank both Semien and my deputy in remaining calm and deescalating the situation. I urge everyone to comply with the lawful orders on an officer and if there is a problem the way a law enforcement officer handles a situation, to report it to their administration."