Gainesville, FL – Teacher Arrested for Slapping Child in the Face

March 12, 2019

Gainesville, FL (March 12, 2019) – A teacher from Buchholz High School was arrested after being accused of slapping a child in the face at a home this week. 37-year-old Cheikh Thiam has since been charged with aggravated child abuse.

Thiam allegedly slapped and kicked a small child who was lying on the ground of a home on NW 62 Place. The child had bruises in the shape of a handprint on the entire side of his face.

Thiam, a 220-pound man, admitted that he struck the child on the hand. Police did not confirm how old the child is or his relationship to Thiam.

Thiam is currently teaching both French and Spanish at the high school. The School District reported that the incident is unrelated to his work but that they have placed him on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation.

Gainesville Aggravated Child Abuse Laws 

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