Mason Co. School Board fires teacher charged with felony child abuse

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UPDATE:

The hearing in Mason County Court regarding Jones' charges has been postponed. It was originally set for Thursday afternoon.


 

The Mason County School board voted to terminate teacher James Jones on Tuesday evening in a 4-0 decision.

Jones was charged with felony child abuse in February stemming from an incident in which he reportedly put his hands on a student.

The student testified in front of the Mason County School Board that Jones touched him first as he tried to leave class early on February 13. Jones said he pulled the strings on the student's sweatshirt in self defense.

"He grabbed my tie and started choking me, and I grabbed his hoodie strings and choked him back," Jones said.

Several administrators and students testified before the board on Tuesday night. Parents and former students also came to the meeting to show their support.

"I don't think that man's got a bad bone in his body," said Brandi Powers, whose son took Jones' class. "He's always been sweet to everybody."

Jones had been suspended without pay since February, when he was arrested.

The hearing to consider Jones' termination lasted nearly six hours.

The principal of the school would not comment on whether he thought Jones should be fired.

A hearing regarding Jones' charges will take place on Thursday in Mason County Court.


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