6-year-old describes playground dragging

Published: Oct. 20, 2011 at 10:12 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2011 at 8:12 AM CDT
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Kiya Rogers
Kiya Rogers
Mildred Russ (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Mildred Russ (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BAKER, LA (WAFB) - A school teacher was arrested for allegedly dragging a student across a playground Monday and the 6-year-old's mother let her daughter describe in her own words what happened.

Officers with the Baker Police Department have been examining the child's clothing in connection with what allegedly happened at the Bakerfield Elementary School playground.

Mildred Russ, 65, of Baton Rouge is the teacher who was arrested for the alleged incident.

"She tied my jacket around my neck and she dragged me to the playground to the office," said Kiya Rogers.

Someone said Russ was not at home when a news crew went looking to get a comment from her. The address on the street was covered by piece of paper and the one near the front door had a bag on it.

Jessica Rogers said she picked up her child's uniform from the police station Thursday. The shirt had holes in it and shorts had green stains on them.

Rogers is still upset about the incident, saying school officials didn't notify her until Wednesday. Her mom said the girl does occasionally cut up at school. Kiya admitted to it as well.

"What were you doing before she did this?" the little girl was asked. "I was talking in the classroom, but we started walking to the lunch room," Kiya answered.

"But, that does not give anybody a right to do that to her," said Jessica Rogers. "She's only six years old. She should not have experienced anything like that."

The first grader has two bruises. One is on her neck and the other is located on her right leg.

Police Chief Mike Knaps said he's known the teacher for three years and was simply shocked to hear about the case.

"There is no valid excuse to take such action against a child," said Knaps. "I'm in my 31st year with the police department and I've never been witness to anything like this before."

Rogers said she plans to transfer her daughter to another school in Baker.

Meanwhile, the teacher is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. She's charged with one count of cruelty to a juvenile.

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