Texas teacher arrested after video surfaces of assault on stude

April 11th, 2016 by Staff


A Texas teacher got a taste of her own medicine.

After a Ozen High School math teacher repeatedly slapped a student at her Beaumont school, Jefferson County deputies slapped her with an assault charge.

A video of the assault “substantiated” a student’s claim, Beaumont Independent School District officials said, sparking Mary Hastings’ arrest shortly after the Friday morning incident.

“You’re stopping them from graduating,” Hastings barked at the male student. “You idiot a–.”

The clip shows Hastings striking the teenager five times before he fired back asking “Why’d you hit me?”

The footage does not explain what happened leading up to the classroom assault although a witness said the boy asked about his grade, KBMT-TV reported.

After she lost her temper, the packed classroom erupted into howls as Hastings contorted her face and mocked the student, who in his own change of demeanor smiled and giggled at their reaction.

The witness defended Hastings as a normally “cool teacher,” but the ordeal she saw unfold was out of character.

“She picked up papers and threw it at him,” Atrya Deroune told KBMT-TV.

In a statement, Beaumont school officials said Hastings “was immediately removed from the classroom and placed on administrative leave pending action on her contract.”

She was shown wearing the same blue shirt shown in the video when authorities booked her into the Jefferson County jail on the misdemeanor charge.

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