GREENSBURG — Deputies arrested a St. Helena Central Middle School teacher Tuesday on a complaint she seriously injured a student’s foot by slamming it in a door.
Lesley Lowman was booked on a felony count of second-degree battery after surrendering Tuesday afternoon at the St. Helena Parish Jail.
Lowman was released after posting $10,000 bail.
Lowman “did commit a battery on a minor child by intentionally closing the door on the minor subject’s foot, causing serious injuries to the right foot,” according to the affidavit for an arrest warrant signed Monday by District Judge Brenda Ricks.
Sheriff’s deputies gave Lowman the option of surrendering, which she agreed to do Tuesday afternoon, said Michael Martin, chief of operations for the Sheriff’s Office.
The child suffered a minor fracture and severe bruising as a result of Thursday’s incident, said Jessica Travis, the student’s mother. Travis also said she has retained an attorney.
Travis said she took her daughter to North Oaks Pediatric Clinic for treatment.
Several students and another teacher witnessed the incident, Travis said.
The girl remained out of school Tuesday and had an appointment to see a foot specialist Wednesday, Travis said.
Travis said she filed complaints Friday with both the Sheriff’s Office and with Amy Westbrook, deputy superintendent of the Recovery School District.
“Please know that the incident you captioned in your message is being thoroughly investigated,” Westbrook wrote to Travis in an email. “The RSD will address any substantiated issues regarding personnel in a confidential manner per our current policies and guidelines.”
Westbrook is the former superintendent of the St. Helena Parish public school system.
Recovery School District spokeswoman Tammy Barney confirmed Monday that the district was investigating the incident, and that any action taken would depend on the results of the investigation.
Barney did not return calls Tuesday after Lowman had been arrested.
A call to the middle school’s principal, Naki Dangerfield, was not returned.
St. Helena’s lone middle school has been under state supervision since 2010 after four years of low performance.
The parish’s high school and elementary school remain under jurisdiction of the St. Helena School Board.