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Student hospitalized after teacher allegedly throws him against door

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GAINESVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

Police and school officials are investigating after a 12 year-old student says he had to go to the emergency room after his teacher threw him against a door.

The teacher, identified as Joshua Streetman, has been placed on administrative leave following the incident, which allegedly happened last week at Gainesville Middle School.

Kahlil Jackson, 12, says he was in the hallway of the school when Streetman told him to get to class. That's when things took a turn for the worse.

"He grabbed me, and he threw me," said Jackson. "And that's when he tried to throw me into the classroom."

Jackson says he ran to the school office to report the incident and later told his mother.

Tamika Jackson, Kahlil's mother, says she reached out to school officials who showed her a video of the incident.

"I guess the teacher got aggravated and I guess he was supposed to be in that classroom at that time. So, the teacher came out the classroom and he grabbed my son and then he threw my son into the door," said Jackson.

Jackson says she took her son to the emergency room because the force of the push injured him severely.

"They diagnosed him with rib contusion and abdominal wall pain," continued Jackson.

Streetman's lawyer Morris Wiltshire says his client is innocent. He says Streetman wouldn't have done anything intentional to hurt the boy.

We're optimistic that it'll be a thorough and fair investigation and when they complete their investigation then they'll continue with what we got now which is no charges being filed," said Wiltshire. 

Gainesville Police say they're looking into the matter and when they're done with the investigation they may bring it to the district attorney's office to see if criminal charges should be filed.

"That is something that we will have to look at to determine if it was a policy violation for the city school system, that is something that they will have to address. And if it's a criminal act, that is something we will have to address," said Gainesville Police Corporal Kevin Holbrook.

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