Updated:ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.,None —
A Zellwood Elementary School student was arrested for attacking her teacher, according to Orange County investigators.
Miesha Bryant is 10 years old, but she's already charged with felony battery for what happened at her school.
WFTV spoke with Bryant and her mother, Sebrina Bryant.
"Did she need to be arrested?" WFTV reporter Daralene Jones asked Sebrina Bryant.
"No. No. No," she said. "I was shocked, devastated."
Sebrina Bryant said she was furious. She said her fifth-grade daughter was just as innocent as she looked in her mug shot. But Bryant was arrested and charged with a felony for allegedly hitting a teacher.
An Orange County deputy was called to Bryant's classroom last week. She admitted that she threw a temper tantrum because her teacher took a bag of candy she brought to school.
"I pushed stuff, pushed papers on the desk and stuff," said Bryant.
According to a report, Bryant then hit her teacher in the stomach and threatened to kill her and her family.
Sebrina Bryant refused to believe that.
"Is it possible that Miesha is lying to you about what she did to her teacher?" asked Jones.
"No, no," Sebrina Bryant said. "I know my children."
"Did you tell Ms. Sanchez you were going to kill her and her family? Why did you say that?" asked Jones.
"I was mad," Bryant said.
A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office said the law is clear: if you hit a school employee, it's a felony, no matter how old you are.
"Do you understand that this is not the way you're supposed to behave in school?" Jones asked Bryant.
"Yes," she said.
Miesha won't be expelled from school because she's so young, WFTV learned.
The State Attorney's Office will decide in 21 days if she goes through a trial or qualifies for a diversion program.