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POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WVVA) -- A Mason County teacher is now fired after he is accused of choking a student.

The alleged abuse happened at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School on February 13.

According to a criminal complaint, Jones wrestled with a student in a classroom when he and the student began choking each other and the altercation reportedly "got out of control."

James E. Jones II is facing felony child abuse and misdemeanor battery charges stemming from the incident.

The Mason County Board of Education terminated Jones' employment Tuesday evening following an open hearing.

Jones had been on suspension without pay since his arrest in February.

Jones says he was trying to defend himself against the student.

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