East Baton Rouge Parish school teacher Nerelyn Soreta turned herself in to police after cell phone video shows her hitting a handicapped child.
School superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor reassured parents that it was an isolated case. "The type of behavior is not typical of what our teachers do every day," said Taylor.
Soreta is facing simple battery of the infirm, and could be sentenced to up to 6 months in jail.
The child's mother, Lasundra Lipsey, disagrees with the charges; she said it won't deter abuse.
"I can beat them I can do whatever I want. If I do go to jail it is only six months, it's a misdemeanor," said Lipsey. "I can do a program and it will be expunge from my record. Clearly unacceptable."
Lipsey said the school district offered home schooling for her child, so she won't fall behind.
"Personally I believe that she has had a three year lapse in her education because you abused my child. I feel like she would be comfortable enough to do that, means she has been abusing my child," said Lipsey.
Soreta is on leave from her job as the investigation continues.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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