A Texas teacher has been arrested after footage emerged of her repeatedly hitting a student.
Mary A. Hastings was filmed swiping papers off a high school student’s desk before slapping them five times, police say.
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The 63-year-old, who appeared agitated in the video, is heard to say ‘…because you’re stopping him from graduating you idiot a**’
She then appeared to mock the student after the attack, CBS News reports.
It is unclear what provoked the violence towards the student.
Hastings, a geometry teacher who has worked at Ozen High School for the past three years, has now been arrested on a misdemeanor count of assault.
She later posted $2,500 bond and was released.
The teacher was also placed on paid leave by the school in Beaumont, Texas.
Beaumont Independent School District spokeswoman Nakisha Burns said in a statement that Hastings had immediately been removed from class after the incident.
‘BISD does not condone employees abusing any child and will not tolerate such conduct,’ she said.
‘The teacher was immediately removed from the classroom and placed on administrative leave pending action on her contract.’
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.