Parent claims son was choked by teacher's aide

BAKER, LA (WAFB) - A mother says her son was choked in the classroom at school by a teacher and she does not like the way administrators are handling the situation.

Tamara Green said she was not expecting her 12 year-old son, Jeremy Lee, to return home from a Baker school Tuesday with scars around his neck. She said her son explained Johnnie Butler, a teacher's aide, threw him on the ground and pinned him down by his neck.

Green claimed a picture of her son's neck showed the evidence of the physical altercation.

"To have my son come home like that, I was really upset," Green said. "I called the school and this guy tells me, 'Oh, we were just horse playing.' You're a professional. It's unacceptable."

The Baker Police Department was called in and Butler was issued a summons for simple battery on a juvenile. The City of Baker School System refused to comment because officials are still investigating the situation. The school board, however, stated Butler is on paid administrative leave, something Green doesn't agree with.

"At that point, you shouldn't be able to be a professional, as far as handling children, if you can't distinguish being a professional teacher and horse playing as a child," Green explained.

She said she will enroll her son in another school, so he won't have to deal with a teacher like this again.

"They are supposed to be there to help the kids and protect them. And at this point, my son has been assaulted and no one will stand up for him. That is a problem," Green added.

Jeremy Lee Green has been put on a nine-day suspension for assorted issues, all of which his mother said were brought up after the incident with Johnnie Butler.

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