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Malibu High School student claims teacher slapped her in class

June 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Malibu High School student says she was slapped by her teacher in front of her classmates.

The incident allegedly happened during 6th-period English class. Freshman Dionne Evans says her teacher asked for a homework assignment that she didn't have. Evans says the teacher then asked her if she had seen the movie "Bridesmaids."

A scene from the movie is similar to what Evans says happened next: she claims she was slapped in the face half a dozen times.

"I don't know what she was saying, exactly. She was saying things. I was too in a state of shock that I didn't know what to think. I was just like, 'Oh God, she's slapping me. I'm humiliated, I'm embarrassed, I'm angry, I don't know what to do right now,'" said Evans.

Evans says she told the bus driver on her way home what happened. The driver told her parents, who then went to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to file a complaint. The department confirms it is investigating. A detective is scheduled to interview Evans this week, according to her attorney.

Evans says she's emotionally scarred by what happened. She says the teacher sent her a written apology for slapping her in class, but she doesn't believe it was sincere. She says it's been tough going to school since word got out about what happened.

"I feel so uncomfortable, even on campus, walking through the hallways. Not just because I'm judged, but because I'm just completely humiliated," said Evans.

Dionne Evans and her family plan to take legal action.

"We are going forward with a civil matter when it's appropriate, and we have gotten Dionne into some psychotherapy. This is a post-traumatic stress issue. This incident has affected her. And at 15, this is not what she needs to be dealing with in her life at all," said attorney Don Karpel.

The superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District did not immediately return a phone call Monday.

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