Teacher accused of hitting Arvin High School student in face

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ARVIN, Calif. — A teacher at Arvin High School is accused of hitting a student in the face.

A district official said Thursday that Lt. Col. Ian Gillies, the school's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor, has been put on paid administrative leave while police investigate the allegations.

Several student witnesses told Eyewitness News that Gillies and the student were arguing Wednesday during sixth period when Gillies struck the student, who then pushed Gillies.

The student, who hasn't been publicly identified, told Eyewitness News that Gillies was yelling at him, using profane language, because the student spit out of a door.

The student had a bruise over his eye.

"This is a very serious matter," Kern High School District spokesman John Teves said. "You don't put your hands on a child. And I don't know what happened, but we're going to find out, and we'll take the appropriate action at that time."