The Latest: Teacher who dragged student could lose license

Posted October 14

— The Latest on an investigation into a student being dragged by the hair at Greenville High School (all times local):

6 p.m.

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.


3:30 p.m.

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 ( 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.


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