Indiana Teacher Assaults Student Over a Hoodie, Gets To Retire With Benefits Anyway

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In another example of trash people doing god-awful things, a teacher in Indiana was caught on tape striking a student in the head before dragging them by the cuff of their shirt down a hall where the student can be seen falling into a slump on the floor. 

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The incident occurred on February 25th at Jimtown High School in Elkhart, Indiana when 61-year-old Michael Hosinski apparently got a hair across his ass and assaulted a student for wearing a hoodie.

According to CNN, Hosinski asked the student to leave class because he was breaking the school dress code by wearing a hoodie. After the student got and left the class, Hosinski chased after him.

In the video, the teacher can be seen running after the student, then pushing the child toward a wall and pointing his finger in the child’s face before striking him hard enough to smack his head off the wall.

Hosinski then grabs the child by what appears to be the neckline or upper arm of his hoodie and appears to drag him down the hall.

The student can be seen falling to the floor and not moving just as a mother adult walks into the frame. 

Reportedly, the student suffered “throbbing pain” and a lump on his head, as well as a bloody nose and lip.

He was given medical treatment immediately after the incident. 

What strikes me is that Holinski appears to quickly get distance from the student as soon as another adult appears, leaving me to wonder if this wasn’t a one-time event.

Could this teacher have a history of hitting kids? 

When this story first hit the airways, CNN reported that the school allowed the teacher to retire early.

Why fire someone who assaults kids when you can quietly send ship them off and just wipe your hands of the problem, right?!

Except that assaulting a kid — assaulting anyone, for that matter — is a HUGE problem, and the story has since been updated with a new development; Hosinki has been arrested. 

Two hours after the assault, Hosinski contacted the Baugo Community School Board and requested early retirement.

Despite what occurred, his request was unanimously approved three days later and will include all of his retirement benefits. 

However, the 40-year school veteran who was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2020 was arrested after an investigation that a judge said showed probable cause to charge him with a Level 6 felony.

Helsinki was released on a $1,500 bond. 

If you feel outraged that a teacher assaulted a student in such a manner, it might shock you to know that spanking a student is legal in many states, including Indiana. 

Yeah, you read that right.

If your children go to school in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, or Wyoming then teachers are permitted by law to spank your child. 

What is terrifying about states that allow corporal punishment in K through 12 schools is that they tend to state with high BIPOC populations.

According to The Hill, there were 100,000 documented incidents of striking students during the 2017-2018 school year, and a disproportionate number of those were Black or students with disabilities. 

The only good thing to come out of the Jimtown High School assault is that the teacher involved is no longer teaching.

But as a parent, I would be asking some hard questions about why teachers feel emboldened to smack kids around in the first place.

And I would be asking my representatives to abolish corporal punishment in schools. If a teacher can’t handle kids and has to resort to hitting to make a point, then they absolutely should not be teaching kids.

 

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