Caribbean K-8 Center teacher Toni Renee Gillespie-Boykin was arrested for child abuse after she was accused of hurting an 8-year-old student.
Miami-Dade Schools Police detectives investigated Gillespie-Boykin after the alleged Thursday attack in the school’s cafeteria at 11990 SW 200th St., in Southwest Miami-Dade.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesman John Schuster said they had initiated the process to fire Gillespie-Boykin.
"The alleged actions are reprehensible and unacceptable," Schuster said in a statement. "Our decision to terminate, even as the criminal proceedings evolve, is guided by our highest priority -- the protection and welfare of our students."
Local 10 News' Melissa Alvarez contributed to this report.