State sanctions Northside High School teacher involved in fight with student

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Northside High School teacher involved in a fight with one of his students in December was sanctioned by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

According to Dr. Paul Shaw, the Director of Educator Ethics with the PSC, Daniel Kelly has 30 days to accept or appeal the board’s decision.

Shaw tells 41NBC the state agency received a complaint and voted to open an investigation to determine if Kelly violated the code of ethics. The board made a decision on May 14th. Shaw says the commission cannot release many details of its decision because it is an open case.

If Kelly decides to appeal, Shaw says the case will go to an administrative law judge for a hearing.

The Warner Robins Police Department charged Kelly with simple battery after he got into a fight during class at Northside High School on December 1, 2014.

Kelly resigned from the Houston County School District in January. In a letter he sent to the school board, Kelly wrote his actions were “entirely reactive and were provoked by the student.”

The student involved in the fight was sent to an alternative school.

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