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Opelousas teacher accused of cruelty to special-needs students

Posted at 12:59 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 16:02:59-05

OPELOUSAS, La. - An Opelousas Middle School teacher has been arrested for cruelty to special-needs children.

54-year-old Janice Henry of Opelousas was arrested Friday after an investigation by the Opelousas Police Department. The arrest was a result of an investigation of an incident that occurred at Opelousas Middle school on November 5, 2019.

Police say two special-needs children were in Henry's classroom playing with rubber bands. She allegedly put the rubber bands on the students arms and starting popping the children six or more times leaving marks and welts.

The children were sent home, but were back at school on Friday.

This is a developing story and KATC will have more information as it becomes available.