A Northside High School teacher who was put on leave after a fight in his classroom has been arrested.
Daniel B. Kelly, 56, who teaches social studies, was jailed at 12:15 p.m. Monday on a charge of simple battery, a misdemeanor. He was released 15 minutes later on a $1,100 bond, according to the arrest and booking report.
A Warner Robins police officer was dispatched to the school Dec. 1 “in reference to an altercation,” according to a police report. No other information was given in the report.
In the days following the incident, however, a video circulated on social media that appeared to show a fight in a classroom.
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An adult in the video appeared to say, “Let’s go, little man.” Seconds later, the video showed an adult on top of another person, and a young voice said, “Coach, coach, back up, coach” as students rushed to the fight. Other voices asked the coach to back away.
Detectives interviewed student witnesses, the student involved and the teacher. The interviews and video evidence support the simple battery charge, according to a police news release.
Kelly, who also is a wrestling coach, has been an educator for 26 years, most of that time at Northside High, Houston County school system spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin previously told The Telegraph.
McLaughlin could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The Telegraph was unable to find a working phone number for Kelly.