Former Jimtown teacher who slapped student under investigation by Elkhart County Sheriff's Department

NOW: Former Jimtown teacher who slapped student under investigation by Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department

JIMTOWN, Ind. -- Mike Hosinski, who taught at Jimtown High School for forty years-- and was their 2020 teacher of the year-- was caught on camera, slapping a student in the face, causing him to hit his head against the wall behind him. 

Hosinski was set to retire at the end of the school year; his retirement was fast-tracked by the Baugo Community School Board after the incident. 

But the longtime educator is not in the clear just yet-- as the Elkhart County Sheriff's Deptartment has announced an investigation into the slapping incident-- a move that some parents have applauded. 

“That just should not happen in any school," said George Bostick Jr, a pastor whose two daughters attend Jimtown schools-- one of them even having Hosinski for a teacher. “I feel that it is necessary, especially with all of the injustices going on around America.”

Bostick Jr. said he couldn't believe it when he heard what that Hosinski slapped a student. 

“I am appalled that something like that would happen!” he added.

He told ABC57 that his daughters had known about the student's behavior being disruptive, and while the details on what led up to the slap are unclear-- he said there is nothing to excuse Hosinski's actions. 

“I don’t think there’s anything he could’ve said that should’ve provoked that kind of behavior from a teacher," he said. 

ABC57 reached out to Hosinski about the investigation-- and I tried to get his side of the story, knocking on his door multiple times with no response. 

Regardless of the investigation's outcome-- Bostick Jr. prays that everyone in the community becomes more conscious of their actions, and added “That we really take our time to deal with the things that are going on inside of us that would allow that amount of anger to be released on a child of this age.”

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department has not yet announced any charges for Hosinski. 

ABC57 reached out to Baugo Community Schools about the investigation, though they would not comment on it. 


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