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Teacher Who Slapped Student and Invoked 'Bridesmaids' Did Nothing Wrong, Says School

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Malibu High School is engaged in a she-said/she-said, student-vs.-teacher debacle.

Earlier this month, 9th grader Dionne Evans claimed that her teacher, Jennifer Gonzalez, slapped her across the face six times while asking her if she saw the movie "Bridesmaids," after Evans failed to bring a notebook to class.

But according to HuffPo, the school says that after launching a full-blown investigation, they've discovered that Gonzalez actually just "pat" Evans on the head. Which doesn't explain the "Bridesmaids" comment, but whatever.

Gonzalez won't be placed on leave, although TMZ notes that she voluntarily took some time off.

Meanwhile, the NAACP has gotten involved and is still pushing for Gonzalez to be punished (Evans is black), and the LA Sheriff's Department is conducting an ongoing investigation.