EAST PEORIA — A teacher at East Peoria Community High School was arrested Thursday for striking a student during gym education class, police said.
Tyler, J. Harrison, 30, of Peoria was booked on a charge of misdemeanor battery at Tazewell County Jail. He was released on $150 cash bail.
The school's website lists Harrison as a teaching assistant. Superintendent Marjorie Greuter said Harrison, who has been employed by the school at least two years, works "different assignments on different days."
Shortly after 10 a.m., East Peoria police were called to the school on "a report of a student having been battered by a teacher," according to a police report. Police Chief Dick Ganschow said that in gym class, Harrison had a confrontation with the student, who is 17. Officers talked with the teacher and student, then reviewed a video of the interaction, which showed Harrison striking the student once "with a hand," Ganschow said.
"The teacher, we believe, wrongfully accused the student of doing something during the gym class," Ganschow said. "He then struck the student without, we believe, any cause to do so. We don't think the student did anything intentionally to provoke the teacher."
The student was not physically hurt, Ganschow said. Afterward, the student contacted school officials, who called police, Ganschow said.
Harrison has been put on paid administrative leave while the school conducts an internal investigation, the superintendent said.
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