EDUCATION

Texas teacher arrested after video shows her hitting student

Mary Hastings was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Mary Hastings was charged with misdemeanor assault.  (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

A Texas teacher was arrested after video surfaced appearing to show her hitting a student multiple times during a Friday morning high school math class.

Mary Hastings was charged with misdemeanor assault after the incident at Ozen High School, FOX4Beaumont reported. She was initially taken to the Jefferson County Jail, but was released after posting a $2,500 bond.

Hastings, described as a veteran teacher, has only been with the Beaumont Independent School District for three years. BISD is investigating the incident.

One student from Ozen High School, who asked to remain anonymous, told FOX4Beaumont that Hastings is typically a target of students who throw things and curse at the teacher.

“You know we only see 12 seconds of [the video],” the student said. “That’s all it is. It’s not the whole thing.”

Hastings has been placed on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is complete.

BISD said in a statement it condemns Hastings’ actions.

“The District is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our students,” the statement said. “BISD does not condone employees abusing any child and will not tolerate such conduct.”