Teacher accused of slapping, kicking student pleads not guilty
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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