NBC Connecticut has obtained damning school surveillance video appearing to show an elementary school principal dragging kindergarteners down school hallways on two separate occasions.
The principal is Carmen Perez Dickson. At the time, she was the chief administrator at Tisdale School in Bridgeport, Conn.
So, America, guess what happened to Dickson. Was she fired? Was she arrested? Is she rotting away in prison?
Of course not. Don’t be silly. Principal Dickson got suspended for all of six months. She is still employed. And when her suspension ends next month, she will return to work in the Bridgeport Public Schools (though at least not as principal at Tisdale).
Both the kindergartener-dragging incidents occurred in the spring of 2012. The details which led Dickson to drag two separate kids down the hallways have not been disclosed. The mothers of the dragged children made the videos public.
Sandra Kase, chief administrative officer for the school district, told NBC Connecticut that her recommendation was that the school board fire Dickson. However, the local school board did not agree. On a divided vote, the board voted for the slap-on-the-wrist suspension.
“The Board did not exactly agree with us, so the action that was taken was not what we recommended,” Kase said. “If I saw the same evidence and saw the same video today, we’d support the same recommendation we made at the time.”
Dickson’s lawyer told NBC that the Dickson’s actions fell into the Bridgeport board of education’s policy guidelines for the use of reasonable force.
It’s not clear if Dickson’s suspension has been paid or unpaid.