Advertisement
  1. Hillsborough

Giunta Middle School teacher arrested for slapping 13-year-old, deputies say

Giunta Middle School teacher Sheila Vakili, 63, was arrested on a charge of child abuse after witnesses said she slapped a 13-year-old student in her classroom, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff?s Office. [HCSO]
Giunta Middle School teacher Sheila Vakili, 63, was arrested on a charge of child abuse after witnesses said she slapped a 13-year-old student in her classroom, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff?s Office. [HCSO]
Published May 17, 2019

By CRAIG PITTMAN

Times Staff Writer

RIVERVIEW — A 63-year-old Giunta Middle School teacher was arrested Friday after witnesses said she slapped a 13-year-old student in her classroom, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Sheila Vakili faces a charge of child abuse.

Deputies were called to the school at 4202 S Falkenburg Road just before noon. The 13-year-old, whose identity was withheld by deputies, reported that his teacher slapped him in the face during class.

The 13-year-old and several classmates told deputies that "the victim made a profane comment during class."

The teacher heard the profane comment, deputies said, and believed the student was referring to her.

"According to the students, Vakili smacked the victim in his face with enough force to cause redness and swelling," the Sheriff's Office said.

Vakili refused to speak to deputies, upon the advice of her lawyer and the teacher's union, according to the Sheriff's Office. She was being held Friday in the county jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Contact Craig Pittman at craig@tampabay.com or . Follow @craigtimes.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. The area will be closed to drivers headed north and south from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. through Friday.
  2. social card for breaking news in crime, for web only
    The woman called a second man for help, who shot the man, according to authorities.
  3. Ed Turanchik is a lawyer and former Hillsborough County commissioner. [Times (2016)]
    Politico Ed Turanchik is warned for lobbying about the MacDill ferry after his status as a consultant ended.
  4. A new report to the Florida Legislature details the investigation that led to the forced resignations of six Moffitt Cancer Center employees in December, including president and CEO Dr. Alan List. [Moffitt Cancer Center]
    The money came from the “Thousand Talents Program” and went to personal accounts set up in China.
  5. Ralph Wald and his wife, Johnna Flores, leave the Orient Road Jail on May 30, 2013, after Wald was acquitted in the fatal shooting of her lover. [[TIMES (2013)]  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Ralph Wald shot and killed his wife’s lover in their home in 2013, but a jury found him not guilty. Now he’s charged with manslaughter in the September death of a woman in his home.
  6. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
    Crash took place just before 1 a.m., troopers said. Deceased hasn’t yet been identified.
  7. From left, Don Haddad, Peter Licata and Addison Davis, all finalists for the job of Hillsborough County school superintendent, met Thursday with community members at Rampello K-8 School. The School Board will choose among the three on Tuesday. [MARLENE SOKOL  |  Times]
    Addison Davis, Don Haddad and Peter Licata outline their plans for the first 90 days.
  8. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking for information about a man accused of killing a duck at a Town 'N Country apartment complex in Tampa. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. [Bay News 9]
    He used bread to lure the bird in before killing it. A complaint was filed with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  9. Rocky Johnson, a member of the WWE Hall of Fame and a resident of Lutz, died Wednesday. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    Johnson thought he had flu. He went to the doctor the day before he died.
  10. Yacht StarShip, a dining and water taxi company, has added the Lost Pearl pirate ship to its fleet just in time for Gasparilla. [Yacht StarShip]
    After years entertaining tourists in Virginia Beach, the Lost Pearl is settling into its new Tampa Bay home.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement