ELKHART, IN – A high school teacher with almost 40 years of experience under his belt had his request of early retirement approved at a recent school board meeting.
Mike Hosinski, 61, was subsequently arrested.
Hosinski is alleged to have slapped a student in the face or head, causing the student to need medical attention. The altercation was captured on the school’s video surveillance system.
He is now facing charges of battery resulting in injury, which is a Class A misdemeanor. The sheriff’s office detective recommended felony charges of battery.
However, a county judge only found probable cause for the lesser charge. The felony charge could have carried 30 months in prison if convicted.
“As a prosecuting attorney who understands the law and the case law, it’s very clear this is a misdemeanor charge,” Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker told the South Bend Tribune.
The video shows student walking down the hall and being followed by an adult. Once he turns the corner and catches the student, he appears to grab him back the backpack and put him against a wall.
The adult in the frame then points at the student before smacking him in the face with what appears to be an open hand. The student’s head looks as though it may have struck the wall.
The ordeal allegedly stemmed from a hoodie that the student was wearing.
A sheriff’s office report said they the student was observed with multiple abrasions. The student told officers that his head was throbbing and that he had a bloody nose and lip.
The video was provided by South Bend Tribune via USA Today.
The Baugo Community School District stated that the student did suffer visible injuries and required medical attention. The 15-year-old student’s name and grade level were not released.
The veteran teacher was released on $1,500 bond and will be in court Thursday for his initial hearing.
The district reported the incident to local law enforcement and the Indiana Department of Child Services the same day the incident occurred. That was on February 25th.
Hosinski, who had submitted retirement paperwork back in June, was granted immediate retirement by the school board. He is no longer under the employ of the district is not allowed on school property.
The decision to grant his retirement means that he will be receiving his full pension.
He was the teacher of the year in 2020.
Congratulations Mr. Hosinski: JHS Teacher of the Year. pic.twitter.com/3xKuvy0gyv
— Jimtown High School (@JimtownHigh) May 7, 2020
Hundreds of parents, students and teachers were in attendance at that board meeting, with many expressing their support of Hosinski.
As reported by WNDU:
“It happened. We’re not proud of it, but I still back Mike Hosinski,” said a parent.
“He’s had 40 years of good service and for this one incident to tarnish his reputation …he feels really bad after the time… that’s what I am sad about. The guy is a good guy,” said friend and former co-worker Terry Hilyard.
“And this room is full of people…this more feels like we are reading an eulogy than it is a termination. There’s a reason to it because he had that kind of an impact on his community, on every person in here,” said another parent.
Many at the meeting said the administration is to blame.
“In my four years of being here, I have watched the discipline decline. Each year students become more rebellious and treat our high school staff poorly,” said one student.
“The student was put on too loose of a chain,” said a parent.
“With proper administration, the situation could have possibly been prevented,” said the student.
“The kid has reportedly been expelled from Concord, from Elkhart Schools and from Jimtown Schools for the first semester. He came back in January and has been sent to the office 30 times, reportedly,” said another parent.
The father of the injured student had a different outlook.
He entered the room irate, shouting expletives at administrators. He screamed at the Superintendent, Byron Sanders, saying:
“A grown, 280-pound man smacked my son in the face!”
The man had to eventually be escorted out of the room.
This is not the first time that Hosinski has raised a red flag for someone, though previous issues were based on his political ideology rather than alleged acts of violence.
In 2019, the Northern Indiana Atheists said they planned to file a complaint against him over statements he made in the classroom.
He allegedly told students that “Hillary and Obama are criminals; Donald Trump is great, and Democrats are liars.”
There were also reports that Hosinski had posters and stickers in his classroom that read:
“Proud to be a conservative.”
“Choose life, your mom did.”
“Liberalism is a mental disorder.”
The actual verbal exchange between student and teacher is unknown.
High school student attacks disabled teacher in suspected ‘slap a teacher’ TikTok challenge
COVINGTON, LA- According to reports, authorities are investigating an incident after an 18-year-old female student allegedly attacked a disabled 64-year-old teacher, knocking her from her wheelchair during what is suspected to have been a TikTok challenge.
The high school student was arrested in St. Tammany Parish and two others were arrested days later for posting the assault on social media.
The Covington Police Department (CPD) said the student, identified as 18-year-old Larrianna Jackson, was caught on video punching the 64-year-old teacher.
Officers believe the attack was likely prompted by a viral social media challenge circulating on TikTok, which involves users damaging school property or physically assaulting teachers. The “slap a teacher” challenged has allegedly inspired several recent violent acts at schools.
TikTok claims that it has seen no evidence of this trend.
The “challenge” has also prompted strong responses of condemnation from the California Teachers Association and the Connecticut attorney general.
Officers examined video of the incident, during which Jackson is seen approaching her seated teacher and punching her, knocking her to the ground. Jackson then proceeded to violently punch the teacher, at which point the video ends.
Just as police have been warning about a viral #SmackATeacher challenge, a 64 y/o disabled English teacher in Louisiana got viciously attacked and snatched from her seat unprovoked on camera that is now being investigated as being part of this challengehttps://t.co/PCltJY2jU4 pic.twitter.com/bWU57Gry7O
— JaVonni Brustow aka Vonni Escobar (@MrBrustow) October 10, 2021
Police said another student was filming when a conversation between the teacher and Jackson turned violent. Due to injuries sustained by the attack, the teacher went to a hospital to seek medical attention. Officers alleged that the attack should be tied to the “slap a teacher” challenge. CPD said in a statement:
“In the video, you can see the school teacher sitting at her desk where she appears to be talking to Larrianna Jackson. After a moment, Jackson punches the teacher, causing the teacher to fall to the ground. As the teacher fell to the ground, Jackson continues to violently close fist-punch the teacher. The video turns off at this point.”
Jackson has been charged with battery of a school teacher, a felony and was taken to St. Tammany Parish Jail where she awaits prosecution. Two others who filmed the attack are also facing a charge of unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity.
The police department identified one of those additional suspects as 18-year-old Trinity Gervais. The third suspect was said to be a juvenile and has not been identified.
— Florida Patriot Rick (@RickMiller53) October 8, 2021
St. Tammany Schools Superintendent Frank Jabbia said that he was “devastated” to watch the footage, adding:
“For this teacher to be having a conversation with a student and then to be assaulted in this manner was very disturbing.”
Jabbia also stated that all students involved would be disciplined. It is unclear if the assaulted teacher will return to the classroom. She has been released from the hospital, but will be monitored over the next few days. Jabbia added:
“She is hurting.”
CPD said in a statement:
“If you watched the video, it sounded like they knew this was about to happen, so we’re looking into it and there may be more arrests that come out of this.”
Police stated the investigation is ongoing, but they think the attack was likely motivated by the “slap a teacher” social media challenge circulating on TikTok. TikTok has denied that claim, tweeting that the “rumored ‘slap a teacher’ dare” is an insult to educators everywhere. The video-sharing platform added:
“And while this is not a trend on TikTok, if at any point it shows up, content will be removed.”
Fox News uncovered no search results for “slap a teacher” or related phrases on TikTok. However, there were 11 videos posted by teachers discouraging assaults on teachers.
Jabbia said he was not aware of any evidence that the incident was linked to the “slap a teacher” challenge, but said any acts of violence in the school system would not be tolerated.
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Warning to parents: Chinese owned TikTok now collecting children’s ‘biometric’ data such as face and voiceprints
June 6th, 2021
This biometric data would include the likes of “faceprints and voiceprints.” The company has not gone on to explain why this sort of data is being collected.
— Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker) June 3, 2021
“We may collect information about the images and audio that are a part of your User Content, such as identifying the objects and scenery that appear, the existence and location within an image of face and body features and attributes, the nature of the audio, and the text of the words spoken in your User Content.
“We may collect this information to enable special video effects, for content moderation, for demographic classification, for content and ad recommendations, and for other non-personally-identifying operations.”
Those first two portions may seem a little off-putting, but the data that is mentioned in that portion of the section is at least offered an explanation as to why the data is being collected.
But then, there is the newly added portion of the “Image and Audio Information” section, which reads:
“We may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information as defined under US laws, such as faceprints and voiceprints, from your User Content. Where required by law, we will seek any required permissions from you prior to any such collection.”
Here’s the interesting tidbit about the mentioning of collecting “biometric” data such as “faceprints and voiceprints”: TikTok doesn’t go on to explain why this specific data is needed or being collected.
Technology news outlet TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez also noted such concerns in a recent article about the latest privacy update to TikTok:
“The statement itself is vague, as it doesn’t specify whether it’s considering federal law, states laws, or both. It also doesn’t explain, as the other part did, why TikTok needs this data. It doesn’t define the terms ‘faceprints’ or ‘voiceprints.’ Nor does it explain how it would go about seeking the ‘required permissions’ from users, or if it would look to either state or federal laws to guide that process of gaining consent.”
I just deleted my TikTok app.
— Sue Ellen Collins ✍️ (@SECollins) June 5, 2021
However, there isn’t a single federal law within the United States that comprehensively addresses the use and/or collection of biometric data. There are some states that address biometric data privacy and collection, such as Washington, New York, California, Illinois and Texas.
But it’s safe to say that there are stateside TikTok users outside of the aforementioned states.
TikTok already manages to snag a plethora of data from users, from GPS location, device information, metadata from uploaded content, battery life on your device, files on your device etc.
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