Teacher accused of slapping, kicking student pleads not guilty - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Teacher accused of slapping, kicking student pleads not guilty

Chanel Lemelle (Source: West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office) Chanel Lemelle (Source: West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office)
ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA (WAFB) -

A school teacher accused of slapping and kicking a first grader appeared in court Thursday morning.

Chanel Lemelle pleaded not guilty to the charge of cruelty to a juvenile.

A motion trial has been set for June 4, and a trial has been scheduled for the week of July 20.

The allegations from a student at Bains Lower Elementary in West Feliciana Parish first surfaced back in January.

Officials said they reviewed school video surveillance and interviewed the victim in their investigation.

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