Former Greenville Teacher Could Lose License over Dragging Video


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.

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