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Charges likely for teacher who dragged student on video

A former teacher who was recorded on video dragging a Mississippi student by the hair will face charges, a prosecutor said, but it’s not clear which ones.

Washington County District Attorney Dewayne Richardson told The Associated Press on Wednesday he just received the investigative file from police this week and hasn’t decided on what charges to pursue.

The school district fired the Greenville High School teacher after videos were posted to Facebook showing her dragging a special education student across a gym floor and striking the student with a cup on Sept 21.

The Mississippi Department of Education has filed to revoke her teaching license. Greenville Superintendent Leeson Taylor II remains on paid leave, and school board members voted Monday to discipline at least one other employee, though it’s not clear who.

Before Winters-Johnson could be arrested, a judge must find probable cause that she committed a crime. That additional step is required under Mississippi law before the arrest of teachers, police officers and some other officials for on-the-job crimes. Richardson said no hearing has been scheduled.

The Associated Press was unable to determine the identity of Winters-Johnson’s lawyer.

The hearing on revoking the Winters-Johnson’s teaching license had been set for Friday, but Mississippi Department of Education spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle said it has been delayed until Dec. 7 at the request of Winters-Johnson.

Greenville school board President Loretta M. Shannon told the Delta Democrat-Times (http://bit.ly/2ep8vmE) the board still is seeking additional information.

“Most of the investigation is done,” she said. “We just have to make some decisions. It’s pretty close to being done.”


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