TAMPA — Educators Michael and Kimberly Hoskinson, who were accused in November of child abuse but later cleared of wrongdoing, will return to their jobs in the Hillsborough County Public Schools.
The school district announced their reinstatement on Wednesday, after superintendent Jeff Eakins and two School Board members appeared with Michael Hoskinson at a faculty meeting at Coleman Middle School. Hoskinson, 53, has led the A-rated school in South Tampa since 2006.
Kimberly Hoskinson, 49, will return to her job as an assistant teacher at Plant High School. The start date is Tuesday for both.
The Hoskinsons were arrested on Nov. 13, about 10 days after an incident involving a minor. Tampa Police alleged the two pushed and punched the minor, who suffered an injured wrist and ribs. A text message made it appear that Kimberly Hoskinson had threatened the child afterward.
The two resigned their school district jobs almost immediately.
But an investigation showed the text had been fabricated, and on Monday the State Attorney’s Office said it will not file criminal charges.
In announcing that the couple had been cleared, attorney Richard Escobar said that, when confronted, the child admitted to having fabricated the text.
The school district distributed two brief videos of the faculty meeting at Coleman. In one, Michael Hoskinson told his staff that he will spend the rest of this week caring for his family.
Contact Marlene Sokol at (813) 226-3356 or [email protected]