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Attorney for Baker Middle School teacher accused of assaulting student, she committed no crime


BAKER, Louisiana — An attorney for a Baker Middle School teacher accused of assaulting an eighth-grade student last week says police violated her civil rights and should have never arrested her because she didn't commit a crime.

Yigal Bander is representing teacher Deborah Anderson, who was handcuffed at school, placed in a patrol car and driven to the police station before she was transferred to parish prison and booked with simple battery.

The Advocate reports ( ) both Baker School Superintendent Ulysses Joseph and School Board President Dana Carpenter have said officers were too aggressive when they decided to book Anderson after she was accused by a 13-year-old student of pulling at his shirt for failing to tuck it in his pants.

Police Chief Mike Knaps says the case has been turned over to prosecutors.

Information from: The Advocate,

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