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Mar 17, 2014 8:37 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

Teacher's arrest raises questions of discipline

How far can a teacher go to maintain discipline as an effective educator?
Baker School Board President Dana Carpenter said that question is at the heart of Thursday's arrest of Baker Middle School teacher accused of grabbing an eighth-grade student by his shirt and yanking him out of her classroom.
Carpenter said Friday the Baker Police Department's decision to arrest and jail 47-year-old teacher Deborah Anderson was too aggressive.
Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps has defended the Police Department's decision to book Anderson by citing Police Department protocol.
However, Steve Monaghan, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers union, tells The Advocate Anderson's arrest sends a bad message to educators in Baker and teachers statewide.
Anderson is due to appear in Baker City Court on April 29.


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