A teacher in Beaumont, Texas has been charged with assault after a video of her repeatedly slapping a high school student was posted online.
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According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Mary Hastings, a math teacher at Ozen High School was arrested on one misdemeanor assault charge and released on a $2500 bond Friday. She has also been placed on administrative leave.
The 9-second-video published on Twitter shows Hastings, 63, striking the back of a black male student’s head five times and shouting, “You’re stopping them from graduating. You idiot ass.”
The student turns to her and asks, “Why’d you hit me?”
Hastings then repeats, “Why’d you hit me?” in a mocking voice.
The Twitter video was published moments after the incident and within a few minutes had been shared thousands of times on social media.
According to high school sophomore Atyra Deroune, who witnessed the events during the 4th period math calls, the student was attacked by Hastings after asking about a grade.
Deroune told 12News that she “picked up papers and threw it at him.”
“She was a cool teacher. She wasn’t always bad but like when was ready to teach us for us to learn, she got serious. She was always a laid back teacher and cool with the kids,” Deroune said.
The school district made a statement that they would not condone employees abusing children. Hastings will remain suspended until an investigation into the incident is complete.