A Northside High School teacher involved in a fight with a student last November has resigned.

Dan Kelly told 13WMAZ he rescinded his request for a hearing in front of the Houston County School Board that was scheduled for Tuesday.

In regards to what happened in the classroom that day, Kelly said, "I feel it is important to note with regard to the incident that preceded my decision to resign, my actions were entirely reactive and were provoked by the student."

Kelly has spent the past 23 and half years as a teacher and coach in the Houston County school system.

The student, Logan Hancock, was sent to alternative school for the remainder of the school year, according to his family.

Here's the entire letter that Kelly submitted to the Houston County School Board:

After much consideration, I have decided to resign from my position at Northside High School. I feel it is important to note, with regard to the incident that preceded my decision to resign, that my actions were entirely reactive and were provoked by the student.

I recognize the expectations and high standards to which teachers are held in Houston County and at Northside High School thereby prompting my decision to resign. I have considered the faculty and students at Northside, my family over the last 23½ years, and do not want to do or say anything that would negatively impact the school or the school district.

I have many fond memories of my years at Northside and the wonderful students I have had the opportunity of mentoring. I love my chosen profession and will continue my career in another school district. I will be forever blessed by the overwhelming support I have received from both current and former students, faculty members, friends, and members of the community. Your support, along with that of my family, has given me strength throughout this ordeal. Thank you so much and may God bless you all!

Daniel Kelly

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