A Hall County grand jury has indicted a Gainesville Middle School teacher of simple battery stemming from a hallway incident with a student that was caught on video.
The indictment accuses 25-year-old Joshua Streetman of intentionally making “physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature” against the 12-year-old student.
Tamika Jackson, the victim’s mother, said she was excited and relieved upon learning Thursday of the indictment.
“I was worried that they were going to brush it under the rug and overlook it,” Jackson told The Times.
Reached by phone late Thursday afternoon, Streetman referred The Times to his attorney, Morris Wiltshire of Athens. Wiltshire could not immediately be reached for comment.
Gainesville City Schools incoming Superintendent Jeremy Williams, who officially takes over for Wanda Creel on July 1, said he too was learning of the indictment for the first time. Asked what the school district would do with Streetman now that he’s been indicted, Williams said his administrative staff would be making a decision on the teacher’s status.
Jackson said she initially learned about the incident from her son, but after several days of not hearing directly from school officials, she personally went to Gainesville Middle. It was then that school officials showed Jackson the videotape.
Jackson said she was disturbed with what she saw. She described the teacher grabbing her son and slamming him against a classroom door.
“What that teacher did to my son was wrong,” Jackson told The Times in April. “I was very hurt and disturbed about the video.”
News reporter Nick Watson contributed to this article.