Retired Indiana teacher gets probation for slapping student

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A retired Indiana teacher who admitted to grabbing a 15-year-old student and slapping him in the face in a school hallway was sentenced Thursday to one year of probation.

An Elkhart County judge sentenced Michael Hosinski to one year in prison, suspended to one year of probation. Hosinski, 62, pleaded guilty in June to a misdemeanor charge of battery causing moderate injury.

As part of his sentence, the Osceola, Indiana man must undergo an anger evaluation and may not have any contact with the student.

Hosinski was a sociology teacher at Jimtown High School when he confronted the student in February over a hoodie the teenager was wearing. Security camera footage showed the two arguing, with Hosinski slapping the student and the student’s head hitting a wall.

Hosinksi was charged in March for the slap, which police say left the teenager with a scratch inside his mouth and a bump on the back of his head.

Hosinski was initially fired by Baugo Community Schools, but the school board approved his retirement soon after. Hosinski originally planned to retire at the end of the school year.