Parent Pursuing Battery Charge Against Teacher

SEPTEMBER 18, 2006 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CDT

STUTTGART, AR - A parent in the Stuttgart School District is pursuing a third-degree battery charge against a teacher, alleging the teacher choked her teenage son.

Keisha Pickett filed the allegation with the Stuttgart Police Department, saying that teacher Keith Lilly choked her 17-year-old son September 11 when he got into an altercation with another student in the school gymnasium.  The boy's father, Luke Green, said choking a studente goes beyond good disciplinary practice.  School superintendent Laura Bednar was not available for comment.

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