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Gainesville Middle teacher accused of simple battery against student resigns
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A Gainesville Middle School teacher who was indicted last month in connection with an April incident in which he allegedly grabbed a student at school has resigned his job.

The Gainesville City Schools board approved a personnel packet during a called meeting Thursday night that included a resignation from Joshua Streetman. Streetman, a sixth-grade math teacher at Gainesville Middle, had been on paid leave with the school district since the incident on April 11.

“We’re just pleased he resigned, especially since we’re starting school on Wednesday and teachers came back (Thursday),” said Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Jeremy Williams, who added that Streetman has been replaced at Gainesville Middle.

Streetman, 25, was indicted by a Hall County Grand Jury last month on a charge of simple battery. The indictment alleges Streetman intentionally made “physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature” against a 12-year-old student. It also accuses Streetman of “grabbing” the student. His case is being handled by the solicitor’s office because the charge against Streetman is a misdemeanor.

When reached by phone Thursday night, Streetman declined to comment on his resignation and instead referred all questions to his attorney, Scott Tolbert of Jefferson. A call to Tolbert was not answered Thursday night.

Tamika Jackson, the mother of the victim, said Thursday night she was at work and could not comment on Streetman’s resignation at that time. In April, she said school officials showed her a surveillance camera video of the incident a few days after it allegedly occurred. At that time she said she wanted “justice for my child.”

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