Mary Hastings, a teacher at Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas was arrested Friday after video surfaced on social media of her repeatedly slapping a black student after calling him an idiot ass.
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In a statement, the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) confirmed the teacher was arrested and had this to say:
“The District is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our students,” the school district said. “BISD does not condone employees abusing any child and will not tolerate such conduct.”
Records show 63 ear old Hastings, was booked into Jefferson County jail, before being released on bond and is currently on administrative leave “pending action on her contract.”
Hastings, 63, was immediately removed from the classroom and placed on administrative leave, the school district said, “pending action on her contract.”
It’s not clear what led to the assault in the footage, which has been viewed by both school officials and police.