A former substitute teacher at Gainesville Middle School was formally charged July 31 in Hall County State Court with allegedly twisting two students’ arms.
Clindon Thomas Middleton, of Gainesville, faces two counts of simple battery. His attorney, Andy Hothem, declined to comment.
According to the accusation, Middleton is charged with making “physical contact of an insulting and provoking nature” by “grabbing or twisting the arm” of two students in November.
The school system said in November Middleton was no longer working for them.
The Gainesville City Schools said at the time that its officials conducted an investigation and reported the incidents to the Division of Family and Children Services and Gainesville Police.
The Newtown Florist Club, a local civil rights organization, in November wrote a letter to Superintendent Jeremy Williams, where the club’s executive director, Rev. Rose Johnson, expressed “unwavering support” for Middleton and urged the charges against him be dropped.
The club expressed its concern with the “developing pattern of criminalizing educators in matters involving student discipline.”