Yesha Callahan

Conn. Principal Is Captured On Camera Dragging A Little Girl Down The Hallway

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Parents of students at a Bridgeport, Conn. school are upset that a principal wasn’t fired after cameras caught her on camera dragging a 5-year-old down the hallway.  Carmen Perez-Dickson, the principal at Tisdale Elementary School, was captured on surveillance video dragging two kindergartners on separate occasions along a school hallway floor in the spring of 2012. Perez-Dickson was put on a six month suspension, but parents want her fired instead.

According to an ABC News, Nakeya Hargrove wasn’t notified about the incident until months after it happened.

“After seeing the videos, she dragged my daughter like she was some kind of animal,” said Hargrove. “Who in their right mind let a principal go back to any school in Bridgeport and be a principal again?” she  said.

School board members are still torn on what the outcome should have been.

Chief Administrative Officer Sandra Kase says the principal should have been fired regardless of her more than 30 years with the district. Instead the principal received a 6 month unpaid suspension, and then return to work in an administrative job.

“Principals are supposed to be protectors of children, they’re not supposed to hurt children,” Kase said.

Kase says it is only acceptable to restrain a child if the student is a danger to themselves or others. Kase also said that it would be up to the superintendent if Perez-Dickson could return to another school in the district as principal.

Clutchettes, do you think the principal should be allowed back in the school?

  1. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    dang lady. Does it say why she was dragging the girl in the first place? Nun syndrome?

  2. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    I think she should be allowed back in school, but not working with children, and definitely not as a principal.

    I’m not excusing her behavior, but I’m curious to know why she felt the need to drag these children. I know some kids fall out and refuse to walk or maybe she’s just aggressive towards children.

  3. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    So what if she was dragging the kid? If the kid was told to move, and she refused, was the principal supposed to let a five year old with a temper tantrum run the school? People want it both ways. They don’t want educators to able to handle misbehaving children, but we get upset when the police are brought in to handle difficult children. If a teacher or principle is going to be fired for touching a child, what is there to do but call the law and criminalize children?

    • February 25, 2014 - Reply

      @Anthony

      -So, you wouldn’t mind if you learned (months later, by the way) that one of your daughters were dragged across the floor by one of her school’s administrative staff?
      -Do you feel this way because it was a female (yes, I am referring to her in that manner)? If not, would you feel the same way if this principal was a man instead?

    • February 25, 2014 - Reply

      @Anthony

      both those kids looked like they weigh under 30 lbs. why drag them instead of just picking them up? i know sometimes you gotta physically make a kid act right, but who straight up drags people across the filthy floor though?

    • February 25, 2014 - Reply

      @Anthony

      I cannot see the video on my iPad. I do not favor abuse of children, but I don’t believe in tying teachers or principals hands either. I have no problem with men or women teachers handling discipline.

    • February 25, 2014 - Reply

      @Anthony

      So, even when teachers and principals dole out an act of discipline, I’ll question it.
      I had read (the name of the magazine escapes me, at the moment) an article, a few years ago, about teachers’/educational staff’s perceptions about Black-American children, in the classroom setting. After I finished reading that article, I had reminisced about my own childhood experiences with teachers (involving myself and with my old classmates).

  4. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    I disagree that principle’s are supposed to be protectors of children.

    I can’t say really if she should be allowed to continue in her job. People are terminated for much less in jobs that are less significant.

  5. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    I can’t believe folks are being so lenient on this woman. I don’t even have kids and I’m disgusted by her, I wouldn’t drag one of my dogs like this.

    It doesn’t matter if a kid is having a temper tantrum, you have to ask yourself would you be comfortable handling a kid this way in front of their parents. If not cuz you know you might get your behind whupped, you know you are doing something wrong.

    • February 25, 2014 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      Why would there be a need to handle the child if the parents are there? I see what you trying to say, but as someone from a teaching background, I know all of the stories about parental denial when it comes to their kid’s behavior. I honestly do not know enough to justify this principal, but do know that managing children is a thankless job with everyone seemingly knowing how to do it better than the actual teacher.

    • February 25, 2014 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      “with everyone seemingly knowing how to do it better than the actual teacher”

      If I was a teacher I’m sure there would be days I would want to drop kick a kid out the window. But I DO know I’m not dragging one of them across the floor like a piece of furniture. And if your assertion is that this woman was dealing with a misbehaved child, where does it say she was even acting out?

      When I enrolled in a new grade school I vividly remember my mother telling the principal and assistant principal (right in front of me): “This is my child. If she misbehaves or disrespects anyone, tell me about it and I discipline her because that is my problem to deal with. You can talk to her and tell her what she did wrong, but if you or any teacher puts their hands on her to discipline her, it will be your problem instead.” I grew up thinking all parents had a hands-off policy with teachers and their kids; and I would adhere to that if I was involved with groups of children.

  6. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    When it comes to these reported incidents where a teacher/any other administrative staff does something inappropriate to a child, I will become very angry.

  7. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    When I was a kid it was OK for everyone to discipline you, but those days are gone now, so I would never treat a child like this.
    As already observed, those kids look small so I would pick them up under the arms instead of mopping the floor with them. While I could not see the face of the other child, I’m betting she’s also black which is why this woman wasn’t fired on the spot, because I’d love to see you explain to a white mother why her child was treated worse than an animal.

  8. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    As an educator of small children you honestly don’t know the other side of this story. There are times when I have to pull a 6 year off of another child because they are trying to harm others. Kids will literally shut their bodies down and scream down hallways. All I’m saying is unless you were there don’t condemn this woman just yet.

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @anichole

      Here’s my thing; this seems like a policy problem. You can see that the child is flopping to the ground as a way of not going where she’s supposed to go. If that was the case at the start of the incident then she needed *some* kind of escort. However *dragging* the child isn’t appropriate. After managing the classroom a two person method could have been used to ensure safety and, frankly, restore dignity to the child. Then it should have been documented properly and the parent notified- not swept under the rug.

  9. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    As a substitute teacher in inner city schools, I completely understand. Unless you’ve been in a teaching environment in inner city (hell, any kind of school these days) schools dealing with this generation, please keep your “how dare she…” to yourselves. When it comes to situations where kids are endangering others as well as their selves and completely resisting authority, then what? Call the police every time because a child decides to have a temper tantrum??

  10. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    Don’t know where my comment went on this story but to make it short. I don’t think this woman should be fired. I have been a student and I have dated a teacher and kids can be tough now days. It doesn’t help when some of the parents only want to be trouble or talk about their child when something like this happens.

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