March 12, 2009

Teacher resigns after Nerf incident

A South Carolina high school teacher who was put on paid leave after shooting a student with a foam Nerf dart has resigned his position with the district.

Jacqueline Rosswurm, human resources services officer for the Beaufort County School District, said science teacher Jeffery Baker, 29, resigned Friday from his job at Battery Creek High School without giving a specific reason, the Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette reported Thursday.

A Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report said Baker fired a foam dart in a joking manner Feb. 23 that struck a 14-year-old student in her left shoulder. The report said the student stood up and slapped Baker with the back of her hand.

The girl's mother said after the incident that she wanted to seek assault charges against Baker, but no charges had been filed as of Wednesday evening.

Baker declined to comment on his resignation.

I'm not responding to this at all, he said.