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McClellan High School principal arrested for domestic battery

Patricia Ellis-Brunston was taken into custody by the Garland County Sheriff's Office on October 13th after a family services worker alleged extensive bruising on a 5-year-old child. (Photo courtesy: Garland County Sheriff's Office)

The McClellan High School principal was arrested last month on two counts of second-degree domestic battery.

Patricia Ellis-Brunston was taken into custody by the Garland County Sheriff's Office on October 13th after a family services worker alleged extensive bruising on a 5-year-old child.

The boy told authorities his grandmother "whoops him with a belt every time he acts out at school or gets bad grades."

In a statement released by the Little Rock School District, school officials say she was placed on leave:

"Ms. Patricia Ellis-Brunston, Principal at McClellan High School, has been placed on administrative leave, due to a personnel matter that is unrelated to the Little Rock School District.

"Ms. Emma Nowden, who is currently serving as assistant principal at the school, will now serve as interim principal at McClellan.

"We want to assure our parents that LRSD is committed to a seamless transition for our students."

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