The mother of a 12-year-old Gainesville Middle School student said the teacher who put his hands on her son should be arrested.
Tamika Jackson said school officials showed her a surveillance camera video of the incident last week. She said it shows the teacher grabbing her son and throwing him against a classroom door.
“I hope they will put that man in jail,” Jackson said when reached by The Times on Monday. “If it were (the teacher’s) child, he would want justice. I just want justice for my child.”
The incident took place April 11 during normal school hours and remains under investigation, Gainesville Police Department spokesman Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said Monday. He said no charges have been filed. The teacher listed as a suspect in the police incident report is Joshua Streetman, 25, of Commerce.
Gainesville City Schools spokeswoman Lynn Jones said a teacher was placed on administrative leave while the investigation is completed. Jones didn’t identify the teacher.
The Times called Streetman seeking comment, and Streetman hung up the phone when the reporter identified himself.
Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel said the district would prefer not to comment on the police investigation.
“Any and all relevant information has been provided to the Gainesville Police Department,” Creel said. “They are conducting their investigation.”
Jackson said she learned about the incident from her son, who told her she would probably be getting a call from the school. The call never came, Jackson said, and she went to the school Thursday.
“I was very hurt and disturbed about the video …,” Jackson said. “I teach my child to respect adults the best way I know how. I teach him if you do wrong you have to own up to your mistakes. It don’t matter if you’re a teacher, a parent, an adult, police or whatever, you have to own up to your mistakes. What that teacher did to my son is wrong.”
Jackson said she doesn’t understand why it took three days after the incident took place for a teacher to be placed on administrative leave.
“I guess they have procedures they have to follow, I don’t know, but it was plain as day what happened because it was on the videotape,” Jackson said.
Creel said administrators will ensure that an appropriate support person is in place for the removed teacher to meet the needs of the students.
“As with any allegation, we need to allow our police to work through their process,” Creel said.