Granny arrested after hitting Success School student with switch

Granny arrested after hitting Success School student with switch

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 granny reportedly upset about her grandson being bullied at school ended up in jail after police say she took matters—and a switch—into her own hands.

Pearlie Mae Key, 61, of Brookland is charged with third degree battery and disorderly conduct.

Shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, Key went to the Success School, 613 N. Fisher, to pick up her grandson who had been suspended.

According to the initial incident report, she arrived at the school with two switches in her right hand.

As she and a school security officer were walking through the lunchroom, several students reportedly began laughing.

The school's resource officer, Caleb Landreth, reported Key told the students to stop laughing "before she put the switch to them."

She then reportedly asked the students "which one was going to be first and they all pointed" at an 18-year-old student.

At that time, according to the report, Key raised the switches and hit the student across the left forearm and shoulder.

When the student "tried to get the switches from Mrs. Key, she pushed him on the chest," Landreth reported.

Together Landreth and the security officer separated the two and led Key into the hallway.

When told she could not hit someone else's kid, Landreth said Key became "very defensive" and claimed the student had been "picking on her grandson."

The security officer told Landreth the attack was "unprovoked" and said the student had not said anything to Key that was "disrespectful or out of line."

Landreth then told Key to leave the building but she refused, the report said.

"I took hold of her arm and she instantly started saying I was hurting her back," Landreth reported. "I advised she was under arrest and she continued to be non-compliant."

Landreth called for another officer who transported Key to the Craighead County Detention Center and charged her with third degree battery and disorderly conduct.

Key was given a court date of Sept. 14 and left at the jail in lieu of a $680 bond.

The switches were placed into evidence.

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