Principal Faces Abuse Accusations

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Two Bridgeport school employees have testified that an elementary school principal was abusive to students, including hitting a boy who suffers seizures in the head and dragging a crying girl by the hood of her jacket to the office.

The Connecticut Post reports ( ) the employees testified before the city school board this week at the termination hearing of Tisdale School Principal Carmen Perez Dickson.

Dickson declined to comment on the allegations.

Her lawyer says she may testify next month when the hearing continues.

Dickson is on paid administrative leave.

Last year, the state Supreme Court overturned a $1.3 million verdict awarded to Dickson in her lawsuit accusing the district of harassment and discrimination.

Dickson’s supporters say she’s a no-nonsense principal who has brought order to Tisdale School.

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