Suspended Teacher Resigns

The Palestine Teacher suspended for allegedly hitting a student has resigned.

James Crawford taught at Rusk PSI, an alternative school in Palestine. Superintendent Jerry Mayo says Crawford elected to resign effective last Monday.

Crawford was put on paid suspension after a 16 year old student said he knocked him out of his chair and kicked him. Four witnesses, two of which are school employees, all support the student's claims.

Palestine police investigated the case. A grand jury will soon decide if Crawford will be charged with assault.