Bridgeport principal suspended after dragging student
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (NBC) -
A Connecticut principal has been suspended for six months after a video surfaced showing her dragging a kindergartner through the halls of her school in spring 2012.
Principal Carmen Perez Dickson appears to be pulling the child from a classroom and then picking her up by the arm and leg.
Another clip shows Dickson pull the same child by the hood.
At one point the grade-schooler reaches out to try to grab hold of a couch but is dragged away.
Former board of education member Laticia Colon says she viewed the videos at a public hearing last fall.
It was enough to convince her to vote to fire Dickson, but instead the school administrator was placed on six months unpaid suspension, something the superintendent's office says it fought against. In fact officials there say they wanted the BOE to terminate Dickson’s employment.
"The board did not exactly agree with us so the action that was taken was not what we recommended. If I saw the same evidence and saw the same video today we'd support the same recommendation we made at that time,” said Sandra Kase, Bridgeport Public Schools Chief Administrative Officer.
The videos weren't publicly released until now.
They were mailed to NBC by two women who say those are their five year olds shown being dragged by Dickson on separate occasions by the arms and legs.
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