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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Monroe High School band director turned himself into authorities Tuesday afternoon and was charged with simple battery for striking a couple of elementary school students earlier in September.

Investigators say 32 year old Jamar Smith, a teacher at Morningside Elementary School, pushed a fifth grade female student against a wall and then slapped a fifth grade boy student in the face three times.

School police issued arrest warrants this week, and Smith turned himself in to Sheriff's Office officials at the jail and posted bond for one thousand dollars on the misdemeanor charges. Smith has been on administrative leave with pay since September 20th.

Dougherty County School Superintendent Dr. David  Mosely said, "It's always disappointing when you have an employee who doesn't follow the guidelines. You have to pay the price if you're going to break the rules."

Smith later posted a $1,000 bond to be released from jail.

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