Mason County teacher accused of choking student fired
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- The Mason County school board has fired a teacher who is accused of choking a student.
James E. Jones II is facing felony child abuse and misdemeanor battery charges stemming from the incident.
The Point Pleasant Register reports that the Board of Education terminated Jones' employment Tuesday evening following an open hearing. He had been on suspension without pay since his arrest in February.
According to a criminal complaint, Jones wrestled with a student in a classroom at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High on Feb. 13. The complaint says he and the student began choking each other and the altercation "got out of control.''
Jones says he was trying to defend himself.