Sheriff’s Office: Student scuffles with teacher over sunflower seeds, lands in jail _lowres

Tytiana Jones

Deputies arrested a high school student Wednesday morning after she was accused of scuffling with a teacher over sunflower seeds the student was eating during class.

A teacher at Glen Oaks High School, 6650 Cedar Grove Drive, told a deputy working extra duty at the school at 11:40 a.m. that she had been “battered” by one of her students, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office report says.

The teacher had asked the student, Tytiana Jones, 17, to put her sunflower seeds away while in class, and Jones refused, at which point the teacher took the bag of seeds and put them in her pocket, the report says.

Jones tried to take back the bag, grabbing and pulling on the victim’s arm, the report says. The deputy took note of a scratch on the teacher’s inside forearm, the report says.

When Jones was unable to take back her seeds, she took the teacher’s cellphone from her pocket, the report says, and refused to return it.

Jones did not return the phone when the class ended, the teacher told the detective.

When the detective asked Jones about the phone, she said she didn’t steal it because she had left it in the classroom when she was dismissed, according to the report.

Jones was escorted back to the teacher’s classroom to retrieve the phone from where she hid it and returned it to the teacher, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

The deputy tried to talk to Jones about her behavior, but she became agitated, the report says. When she tried to walk away, the deputy grabbed her arm, and Jones swung her hand, striking the deputy on his arm, and then pushed off of him, the report says.

The deputy “restrained” her against a wall with her hands behind her back and, after a brief struggle, handcuffed her.

Jones, 6126 St. Pius Ave., was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Wednesday afternoon on a count of battery of a schoolteacher, battery of a police officer, theft of $50 to $200 and resisting an officer.

Jones is being held in lieu of $14,000 bail.

“While student disruptions such as the one that occurred at Glen Oaks High School yesterday are unfortunate, school administrators must respond to ensure the safety of our students and employees on the school campus,” said Adonica Duggan, spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.

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