Parents react to video of principal dragging five-year old through hallway

Bridgeport, Conn. (WTNH)–It’s a video many have said they find disturbing to watch.

A Bridgeport principal rough-handling a give year old girl, dragging her like a rag doll through the hallway of Jettie Tisdale Elementary.

“She drag my daughter like she was some type of animal,” said Nakeya Hargrove, the five year old girl’s mother.

The principal, Carmen Perez Dickson was caught on camera dragging two kindergartners through the halls on different occasions.

“She didn’t really want to go to school,” Hargrove said. “She was probably afraid of the principal after the incident.”

The incidents happened in the spring of 2012.

The parents tell us their kids were too afraid to speak up. Parents had no idea this was going on — that’s until they were notified by the Department of Children and Families.

“We voted these people into office, and we expect them to do their jobs and their first priority should be protection our children,” said Jose Torres of the Bridgeport Parents Initiative.

After multiple videos surfaced, the school superintendent recommended firing Dickson. The board rejected it, and instead Dickson was put on suspension. When she comes back to work, she could end up getting another job as a principal, just not at the Tisdale school.

“I feel she should’ve gotten fired. The Bridgeport Board of Education saw it and they should’ve fired her,” Hargrove said.

“She does not need to be working anymore. I am appalled at what’s going on and we are going to handle it,” she said.

The principal’s attorney told News 8 that the board members heard the testimony, saw the video and took the necessary steps. Dickson is expected back from her suspension next month, but not at the Tisdale school.

She was ordered to take anger management classes.

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