Teacher accused of slapping, kicking student pleads not guilty

Published: Apr. 9, 2015 at 9:17 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 9, 2015 at 7:09 PM CDT
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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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