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Video Shows Texas Teacher Repeatedly Striking Student

The Beaumont Independent School District confirmed an Ozen High School teacher was arrested for physically assaulting a student.

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A high school teacher in Southeast Texas has been arrested on an assault charge after a video surfaced showing her repeatedly striking a student in her class.

The cellphone video shows the teacher at a Beaumont high school swiping papers off the student’s desk then slapping him five times. The geometry instructor, who appears exasperated, scolds the student for being a disruption.

The Beaumont school district said in a statement that the teacher was arrested Friday and placed on leave. Officials say the district “does not condone employees abusing any child.”

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Sixty-three-year-old Mary Hastings was booked into the Jefferson County jail on a misdemeanor count of assault. She posted $2,500 bond and was later freed.

A phone listing for her could not be found to offer comment on the charge.


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