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Teacher's lawyer says she committed no crime

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BAKER, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - An attorney for a Baker Middle School teacher accused of assaulting an eighth-grade student last week says police violated her civil rights and should have never arrested her because she didn't commit a crime.

Yigal Bander is representing teacher Deborah Anderson, who was handcuffed at school, placed in a patrol car and driven to the police station before she was transferred to parish prison and booked with simple battery.

Baker School Superintendent Ulysses Joseph and School Board President Dana Carpenter have said officers were too aggressive when they decided to book Anderson after she was accused by a 13-year-old student of pulling at his shirt for failing to tuck it in his pants.

Police Chief Mike Knaps says the case has been turned over to prosecutors.

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