Warner Robins teacher on paid administrative leave after fight with student

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Warner Robins teacher is on paid administrative leave after he was involved in a fight with one of his students.

41NBC received a copy of the video one of the students took during the fight and a police report filed by the Warner Robins Police Department.

The report indicates an altercation between teacher Daniel Kelly and 16 year-old Logan Hancock on Monday, December 1st.

We reached out to the Northside High principal. His secretary told us they had to direct all media to the board of education. 

The Houston County Board of Education released a statement saying:

"There was an incident yesterday at Northside High School involving a student and teacher.  This was reported to the Warner Robins Police Department, and an investigation is underway.  Per our procedures, the teacher has been placed on administrative leave.  Under FERPA, student records are kept private."

Logan Hancock tells us Daniel Kelly asked him to turn in his iPod because he was listening to it during class. Hancock said he refused to give Kelly the iPod because he didn’t want it to get stolen.

"He tried to snatch my iPod out of my hand and he did… and he got really close to my face. Like, I could smell his breath," recalled Hancock.

Hancock claims Kelly aggressively approached his desk and when Hancock tried to leave the classroom, Kelly followed him. Hancock said Kelly hit him in the face when he turned around.

Another Northside High student, Savannah Flynn, said she was dropping something off to Kelly’s classroom when the fight broke out. She claims Hancock hit Kelly first and Kelly acted in self defense.

"Mister Kelly was acting pretty professional during the time. He swung in self defense, but he didn’t… he didn’t hit just to hit somebody," said Flynn. 

The fight happened Monday in seventh period in a social studies class.

Hancock remembers falling to the ground and other students pulling Kelly off of him.

Hancock has bruising on his face and scratches on his neck and back.

The Houston County School Board explained Kelly has been put on paid administrative leave with pay, until the the board and Warner Robins Police make a full investigation.

Hancock’s mother tells 41NBC he is suspended from school until next Wednesday.

She says school officials told her he might finish the year in an alternative school.