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Police and Greenville school district investigate girl dragged by hair incident

Source: Kesha Williams Source: Kesha Williams
GREENWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Greenville Public school district and police department are working together, investigating an incident captured on video at Greenville high school. 

The disturbing cell phone video shows  a special needs child,  getting her hair pulled by a teacher. The video shows the student on her knees being dragged across a gym floor.

The Greenville School District has reviewed the video and have determined it was shot in the High School gym, and that the teacher is an employee and the student is indeed enrolled in the district.

Greenville residents who watched the video were shocked.  

"I think its another form of bullying," said Brenda Harris.

The school district says they will take appropriate disciplinary action upon completion of their investigation into the incident which includes a probe from the Greenville Police Department..  

The district also providing additional professional development for employees. 

The district says there are multiple videos they're looking at and residents say they've already seen them and one shows the same teacher hitting the special needs student with a Yeti cup.

Late Friday, Jody Owens, managing attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mississippi Office, released the following statement on the incident:

“We are deeply disturbed by videos that have surfaced of a Greenville High School staff member assaulting a young African-American student. Unfortunately, we have seen this type of violence against students of color and students with disabilities too many times before."

“Violent acts such as those appearing in the videos not only hurt and traumatize individual children, but they also contribute to a negative school climate, normalize violence and promote fear and anxiety among students and staff.  In this case, the videos show that while other students and staff were present, no one intervened to stop the abuse. This is indicative of a school environment in which violence is normalized.

“We urge the District to utilize resources provided by the United States Department of Education and other evidence-based strategies in order to promote the development of positive school climates. Additionally, the District should engage staff, students, parents and community members in dialogue around improving the climate of the District’s schools.

“We appreciate the school district’s response to the videos, and we support parents and students in holding District officials accountable.”

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