One Texas teacher is facing assault charges after a video surfaced online of her physically attacking a student. The video shows 63-year-old Mary Hastings repeatedly hitting a male student in her Ozen High School classroom of Beaumont, Texas, last Friday.
Before assaulting the student, Hastings is seen shoving his papers onto the floor. She then shouts: “Because you’re stopping him from graduating you idiot ass!” The student remains in his seat, asking why she attacked him. Hasting responds mimicking his question. The class erupts in screams laughing at the student.
A classmate told the local news station the confrontation started after the student asked Hastings about a specific grade he received. She also said the teacher had never behaved that way, to her knowledge. Beaumont Independent School District immediately placed the math teacher on administrative leave after viewing the footage. Hastings was booked into the Jefferson County jail the same day. She has since posted a $2,500 bond.