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Jimtown, Indiana, high school teacher Michael Hosinski, 61, arrested for “hitting student over hoodie” in shock video

A HIGH school teacher has been arrested after school cameras caught him punching and visibly injuring a student.

Indiana Teacher Michael Hosinski, 61, was taken into custody Thursday on preliminary charges batteryaccording to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

Surveillance footage showed Hosinski beating a student

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Surveillance footage showed Hosinski beating a studentCredit: NBC NEWS
Hosinski was a teacher for almost 40 years

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Hosinski was a teacher for almost 40 yearsPhoto Credit: Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office

On February 25, Hosinski chased a student wearing a hoodie in the hallway at Jimtown High School.

Once he catches up with the student, the civics teacher can be seen pinning the minor against the hallway wall and wagging a finger in front of the student’s face in what appears to be a reprimand.

According to a press release from Baugo Community Schools, the verbal confrontation was sparked by a hoodie sweatshirt the student wore to class this Friday morning.

Footage then shows the teacher slapping the student in the face with his open right hand, causing the student’s head to smash into the wall behind him.

After the slap, Hosinski begins escorting the student down the hallway when the student trips and falls to the ground.

Hosinski was then released and is no longer allowed to enter the school grounds.

Earlier this week, the Baugo Community School Board approved early retirement and a full pension for Hosinski, who had been in office for nearly 40 years and was scheduled to retire in June.

Students and parents in the community supported Hosinski throughout the detailed investigation, although surveillance footage served as strong evidence.

Dozens of Jimtown students even staged a walkout Monday morning in support of Hosinski.

A community Facebook page with over 500 members was created to support Hosinski, although it appears to have been recently deleted.

Preliminary battery charging is a level 6 felony and a request for formal charges has been made sheriff‘s office.

“I’m not entirely surprised based on the limited video that has been made available,” South Bend attorney Peter Agostino said of the charges WNDU.

“That’s certainly the kind of charge you can expect in this situation. Of course, we don’t know all the facts and the presumption of innocence applies… When in doubt, you have to agree with the teacher.”

Jimtown students staged a strike in support of the teacher

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Jimtown students staged a strike in support of the teacherCredit: NBC NEWS

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