Student accused of hitting teacher, deputy over sunflower seeds
BATON ROUGE - A sheriff's deputy arrested a 17-year-old student in East Baton Rouge Parish Wednesday after the deputy said the girl scratched her teacher, stole the teacher's phone and hit the deputy during a confrontation.
The sheriff's office charged Tytiana Jones with battery of a school teacher and battery of a police officer, as well as theft and resisting an officer.
A deputy working extra duty at Glen Oaks High School said around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday a teacher told him she had been scratched on her arm by Jones during an altercation over some sunflower seeds. The teacher said she told Jones to put the seeds away and then took them from Jones when she wouldn't do what she was told. The teacher said Jones repeatedly tried to grab the seeds out of the teacher's pocket, pulling at the teacher's arm and scratching it.
The teacher said Jones then grabbed the teacher's cell phone out of her pocket and refused to return it, taking the phone with her when class was let out.
The deputy contacted Jones and read her Miranda rights, then said Jones told him she did not steal the phone and instead left it in the classroom. The deputy said he followed Jones back to the classroom where she gave the teacher her phone back. The deputy and the teacher both tried to talk to Jones about her behavior, but according to the deputy Jones got "irate" and tried to leave.
The deputy said he grabbed Jones' arm as she left and she swung her hand at his arm, hitting it to try and get away. The deputy then pushed Jones against the wall and handcuffed her before taking her to jail.
Jones was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail and given a $14,000 bond.