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Video Shows Miss. Teacher Dragging Student by Hair

By Christina A. Samuels — November 01, 2016 1 min read

A Mississippi teacher has been fired, the district superintendent has been placed on paid administrative leave, and state investigators are trying to determine whether the fired educator should lose her teaching license, after video of the teacher dragging a student by the hair surfaced on Facebook.

The teacher, Linda Winters-Johnson, was fired by the district last month, according to the Delta Democrat-Times.

The three-minute video taken at the Greenville High School gym appears to show the teacher pushing a metal thermos into the student’s forehead, later holding her down on the floor by her hair, and then dragging her a few feet by her ponytail.

The videos are believed to have been recorded in late September. The Greenville school board placed Superintendent Leeson Taylor II on leave while the investigations continue.

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A version of this article appeared in the November 02, 2016 edition of Education Week as Video Shows Miss. Teacher Dragging Student by Hair

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