BAKER — In his first appearance before the Baker School Board since the March 13 arrest of Baker Middle School teacher Deborah Anderson, Police Chief Mike Knaps told the board and the audience Tuesday that he had nothing to do with her controversial arrest.
Accused of simple battery on an eighth-grade student at the school, Anderson, 47, was handcuffed at school, placed in a patrol car and driven to the Baker Police Department before she was transferred to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
The incident started when a student tried to enter her classroom with his shirt untucked. The student, who called his mother to the school, complained to police that Anderson had yanked him by his shirt and blocked him from entering her classroom.
Attorney Ken Fabre, the special prosecutor for Baker City Court, later decided not to prosecute because of a lack of “sufficient evidence that a crime occurred.”
Anderson later told The Advocate that she holds Knaps responsible for her arrest, but Knaps insisted Tuesday he wasn’t responsible for her arrest, saying he was out of town in Avoyelles Parish that day for mandatory training.
School Board President Dana Carpenter said the board had extended the invitation to Knaps to address the board.
The Police Department and school officials have scheduled a meeting to discuss how to better address such incidents in the future. No information was given on when or where that meeting will be held.