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Simple battery charge dismissed against former Gainesville Middle teacher
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After completing a pretrial diversion program, a former Gainesville Middle School teacher had the simple battery case against him dismissed April 26 by the Hall County Solicitor’s Office.

The case against Joshua Streetman, 25, is eligible for records restriction through the Georgia Crime Information Center.

The indictment alleged Streetman intentionally made “physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature” against a 12-year-old student.

Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard said the program included education for de-escalation in the classroom, community service and other requirements.

“After he had absolutely no criminal history, after review of the evidence, that was a resolution that best benefited the situation, benefiting any future work in the education field and being properly trained on responses to behavioral difficulties in the school,” Woodard said in a message to The Times.

When reached for comment Thursday, May 3, Streetman hung up the phone. His attorney Scott Tolbert did not return requests for comment Thursday.

The Gainesville City School System board approved a personnel packet during a called meeting in July 2017 that included Streetman’s resignation. Streetman, a sixth-grade math teacher at Gainesville Middle, had been on paid leave with the school district since the incident on April 11, 2017.

Streetman was indicted by a Hall County Grand Jury in June 2017 on a charge of simple battery.

His case was transferred to State Court and the solicitor’s office.

Tamika Jackson, the student’s mother, declined to comment Thursday.

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