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Teacher accused of shoving student faces charges

Melissa Blank (Source: West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Melissa Blank (Source: West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Brusly Elementary School (Source: WAFB) Brusly Elementary School (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A West Baton Rouge Parish elementary teacher is facing charges of battery and cruelty to juveniles, stemming from an incident in her classroom last month. 

According to police records, the Brusly Police Department arrested Melissa Blank after she allegedly grabbed a student and pushed the student against a closet, demanding the child "pick up her things."

According to an affidavit, Blank allegedly grabbed the child by the neck with one hand and squeezed her upper arm with the other while holding the student against the closet doors. 

She is also accused of false imprisonment for allegedly blocking the door with chairs, preventing anyone from leaving the classroom.

It reportedly happened on February 7 while Blank worked at Brusly Elementary School.

The West Baton Rouge Parish School System superintendent confirmed that the teacher now works for Lukeville Elementary School. 

However, he could not comment on the arrest.

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