COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WFXG) - An Evans Elementary staff member has been charged after reportedly improperly restraining a student.

According to the Columbia County School District, administrators and the school resource officer responded to an incident on Nov. 10 where paraprofessional James Mock had reportedly used improper restraints to de-escalate a situation with a student. Officials contacted the student's parents and had the student evaluated by the school nurse. They say the student was not injured.

Officials placed Mock on administrative leave while an investigation was conducted. Mock resigned amidst the investigation and has since been charged with simple battery.

Officials say Mock had been formerly employed with the Columbia County School District since 2018. This matter has been reported to the Professional Standards Commission. They also say staff members are routinely and professionally trained on how to properly de-escalate a situation while keeping students safe.

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