Teacher arrested after video shows her repeatedly hitting student in class

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HOUSTON — A high school teacher in Texas was caught on camera hitting one of her students Friday. But some other students still support the teacher.

The video of Mary Hastings hitting a student is spreading on the internet. Students recorded the video, which was posted on social media.

“I don’t want this to ruin her life, I really don’t,” one student said.

A student at the high school who wanted to remain anonymous decided to speak up for the veteran teacher, who has been teaching math at the Independent School District for three years.

“You know, we only see 12 seconds of it, that’s all it is, that’s not the whole thing,” the student said.

Those few seconds of video led the ISD police arresting Hastings. They took her to the Jefferson County jail, where she was charged with assault.

“They always throw stuff at her, they always curse at her,” a student said.

The student said Hastings is a great teacher, always patient, always helping out. She said she and other students and staff at the school were shocked to see Hastings apparently losing her patience.

“They were saying that’s not like her. They were upset that she had done it, of course. But everything was hurtful. She had to be escorted off the campus,” the student said.

If convicted, Hastings could spend some time in jail.

The school district is condemning Hastings actions and administrators have placed her on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The student said although she agrees Hastings should not have hit the student, she doesn’t want it to ruin the teacher’s career.

“The students, they just had a bad day and Ms. Hastings had a bad day. And that’s all there was. There wasn’t anything more than that.”

Hastings was later released from custody after posting bond. The school district said in a statement that it does not condone employees abusing any child and it would not tolerate that kind of conduct.

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