The Latest: Teacher who dragged student could lose license
Posted October 14
GREENVILLE, Miss. — The Latest on an investigation into a student being dragged by the hair at Greenville High School (all times local):
The Mississippi Department of Education has filed charges to suspend or revoke the license of a Greenville High School teacher who, in a video, was shown dragging a student by her hair across the floor.
State department spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle said Friday that a Nov. 4 hearing is scheduled for Linda Winters-Johnson before the state licensure commission. That commission would decide whether to suspend or revoke her special education teaching license.
A charge filed Monday by an investigator in the state's Office of Educator Misconduct says Winters-Johnson grabbed, dragged and hit a special education student during a physical education class on or about Sept. 21.
Police have also said they are investigating, but have filed no charges.
A video of the scene recorded by a student has been viewed millions of times on Facebook. The school board put Superintendent Leeson Taylor II on paid leave Thursday while the investigation continues.
Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Leeson Taylor II has been placed on paid administrative leave while an independent investigation continues into videos that surfaced showing a high school teacher dragging a student by her hair across the floor.
The Delta Democrat-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2e4vaTP) the Greenville Public School District's Board of Trustees made the decision Thursday, a week after the videos began circulating on social media sites.
As of last Friday, the video showing a teacher dragging a student by the hair across a gymnasium floor had received 3.9 million views. A second video appears to show the teacher striking or pushing the student on the head with a cup.
Board president Loretta M. Shannon says it was best to have Taylor away from the district while the investigation is conducted.