Mary Ruth Ayers (Jail photo)
COPPERAS COVE (October 18, 2012)--A Copperas Cove pre-kindergarten teacher at Parsons Elementary School has resigned after she turned herself in on a warrant charging injury to a child, school officials confirmed Thursday.
Mary Ruth Ayers, 58, of Copperas Cove, a first-year teacher, was charged in an alleged incident involving a 4-year-old student who was in her class.
Ayers turned herself into police on Saturday, and was later released from the Coryell County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond.
In an arrest affidavit investigators said Ayres "flicked (the child) and hit him in the head."
The document goes on to say Ayres "grabbed the boy around his rib area with her hands that left bruises and scratches on his left rib area."
The victim was interviewed on Oct. 3 at the Children's Advocacy Center, in Belton, and during that interview, according to the affidavit, Ayres "grabbed the victim by the arm and (drug) him to the door."
A statement issued by Copperas Cove ISD spokeswoman Olga Peña says the district was notified on Oct. 13 that "Mary Ayers, a district pre-kindergarten teacher at Clements Parsons Elementary School, turned herself in on an arrest warrant with charges of injury to a child."
Peňa said Ayers was suspended from her position on Sept. 14 after district officials received a report alleging the use of inappropriate discipline techniques in Ayers' classroom.
School officials notified the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services of the allegations and said the district is cooperating fully with the Copperas Cove Police Department.
"This was Ayers' first year teaching in Copperas Cove ISD," the statement said.
"CCISD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joe Burns said district administrators are investigating the matter and will take every measure to support a safe and healthy learning environment for students.