Children from Robindell Private School in Houston were on a field-trip last week when the incident took place.
One of the students, Davarius Williams, punched a female classmate. The teacher, who accompanied the children on the trip, saw this and told other students to punch five-year-old Davarius as a punishment for his act.
"The teacher that was driving his particular van got him and his group together and said, 'When we get on the van, I want everybody to punch Davarius in the face because he punched the little girl in the face'," Barbara Mobley, mother of Davarius told The Australian.
The mother said that her son was punched by at least a dozen of children.
Chuck Wall, the school's director, who informed that the teacher was immediately fired, remarked, "It was a big mistake. She should have never done it."
He, however, expressed anguish as the school had lost a "very very good teacher".
"She had been with me for six or seven years now ... (she) had a moment of weakness, out of frustration, and dealing with a child she's had a problem with over the last several months," he said.