TAMPA (WFLA) – A south Tampa middle school principal and a teacher were arrested and charged Monday with child abuse.
Coleman Middle School principal Michael Hoskinson, 53, and his wife Kimberly Hoskinson, 49, a Plant High School teacher, appeared in court Tuesday morning.
Tampa police said they were notified about an incident on Sunday afternoon. Officers said that after a verbal altercation, Kimberly pushed the victim, followed by Michael punching the victim in the ribs two times. The force from the punches caused bruising to the victim’s ribs, as well as an injured wrist as a result of a fall. Both defendants denied causing harm to the victim.
The victim was not identified. The case is considered domestic violence. Police said the incident did not occur at either school and is unrelated to their employment.
They are being held in the Orient Road Jail.
The Hoskinson’s neighbor who didn’t want to be identified said she hopes the allegations aren’t true.
“You just never think it’s going to be someone you see every day, wave to, say hello and again, is in the school system,” the neighbor said.
The Hillsborough County School District sent phone call messages to all parents and staff at Coleman Middle School and Plant High School. The following is the message that was sent to parents and staff at Coleman Middle School:
I’m calling from Hillsborough County Public Schools with an important message. We have been made aware that the Principal of Coleman Middle School, Mike Hoskinson, has been arrested and charged with child abuse. According to law enforcement, this does not involve anyone at Coleman Middle School.
We are shocked by this arrest.
The Area Superintendent, Lisa Yost, will be at Coleman Middle School today to provide support to the staff and students. Grief counselors will be available at the school today, for any students or staff members who may need someone to talk to. Our number one priority is the safety and well being of our students and we will ensure they have all of the resources they need to get through this difficult time.”
A Hillsborough County School District spokesperson said that Mike Hoskinson has worked for the district since 1987 and has been the principal of Coleman Middle School since 2006.
Kim Hoskinson is an assistant teacher. She worked a partial year in the 2013-2014 school year at Plant High School. She has been an assistant teacher at Plant High School since July 2016.
The school district has no previous complaints or investigations in their personnel files.
No other information was immediately available.
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