Mississippi teacher fired after video shows her dragging student by hair

GREENVILLE, Miss. — Officials in a Mississippi school district have fired a special education teacher after a video showed her dragging a special-needs student by her hair across the floor.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports the Greenville Public School District’s Board of Trustees voted Monday to terminate Linda Winters-Johnson.

The decision comes 11 days after the video began circulating on the Internet.

A state Office of Educator Misconduct investigator has accused Winters-Johnson of “grabbing, hitting in the head and dragging of a special-needs student during P.E. class at Greenville High School” around Sept. 21. The commission on Nov. 4 will decide whether to suspend or revoke her special education teaching license.

Police have said they are investigating, but have filed no charges.

The Associated Press could not find a phone number for Winters-Johnson.

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