ELHART, IND. – A teacher from North Indiana, accused of grabbing a student and hitting him in the face, was charged with causing a medium battery.
The judge on Friday ruled that there was a probable reason for this charge against former Jimtown High School teacher Michael Hasinski, 61, of Aceola. The crime is a felony that can result in a sentence of six months to 2 and a half years in prison.
In court documents filed Friday, officials described their investigation into the February 25 incident, in a video showing Hosinski grabbing a student by the backpack, pushing him against a wall and hitting him in the face.
The student told the officer that Gosinski followed him down the school hallway after Gosinski asked the student to leave his class. The student said Hosinski grabbed his bag of books and then hit him in the face with his open hand, causing his head to hit the wall behind.
The boy told the officer that the blow caused him a “throbbing” headache, as well as a bloody nose and lip. The officer noticed abrasions and bumps on the student’s head as well as abrasions in his mouth, court records said.
Court records show that Gasinski was released after his arrest on Thursday on $ 1,500 bail. The first hearing is scheduled for next Thursday.
On Monday, the Bauga Public Schools Council granted Hosinski’s request for immediate retirement. The teacher had previously planned to retire at the end of the school year.
Gosinski’s phone list could not be found, and no comment could be obtained from him.
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