BEAUMONT, Texas (NBC/KXAN) — Beaumont police say a teacher was arrested Friday after video on Twitter showed her slapping a student on the head.
According to NBC News, the teacher has been identified as Mary Hastings, a teacher at Ozen High School in Beaumont. The video shows what appears to be Hastings slapping a student on the head multiple times, after which she calls him an “idiot ass”.
Hastings was arrested and charged with assault. She has been released on bail at this time.
Ozen High School has placed Hastings on administrative leave, and the school district has released this statement:
The Beaumont Independent School District can confirm that an Ozen High School teacher was arrested today for physically assaulting a student. The conduct was substantiated by video footage viewed by BISD police and administration. The District is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our students. BISD does not condone employees abusing any child and will not tolerate such conduct. The teacher was immediately removed from the classroom and placed on administrative leave pending action on her contract.