Benton County teacher arrested on battery charge

      ROGERS, Ark. (AP) - A teacher at a northwest Arkansas charter school has been arrested on suspicion of battery after she was accused of hitting a seventh-grade student.

      The Benton County School of the Arts placed Pamela Nelson on administrative leave this week after her arrest. Authorities claim that Nelson slapped a male student on the back.

      Nelson is in her first year of teaching middle school choir at the charter school.

      She denies all allegations and tells Fayetteville television station KHOG ( ) that she would never strike a student.

      Information from: KHOG-TV,

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