An El Camino High School teacher fired in June after he allegedly struck a student has been reinstated, an Oceanside Unified School District spokesman said Tuesday. Jack Estes, a veteran social studies instructor, was reinstated by the Committee on Professional Competence, a three-member panel appointed by the state Office of Administrative Hearings. Spokesman Dan Armstrong said committee members reached their decision after hearing testimony from Estes, the student he allegedly hit and youths who said they saw the incident. The committee ruled that while Estes "overreacted" to the situation, the instructor does not present a significant danger of harm to the school or students and is not likely to repeat his action.

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