BAKER, La. (AP) — Baker School Superintendent Ulysses Joseph says he thinks police went too far when they put a Baker Middle School teacher in jail after she was accused of grabbing a student by his shirt and yanking him out of her classroom.

Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps tells The Advocate 47-year-old Deborah Anderson was booked Thursday with simple battery.

Knaps defended the police department's decision to book Anderson.

He says the teacher allegedly snatched him, physically yanked him very hard. The chief says a teacher has no authority to do that.

It was unclear whether Anderson has an attorney.