- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A former Mississippi teacher has pleaded not guilty to abusing a vulnerable person after a video showed her dragging a student by the hair.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports (https://bit.ly/2hyK34z) an attorney for Linda Winters-Johnson entered the plea for her Tuesday in Washington County Court.

A trial date for the misdemeanor criminal charge was not immediately set.

A video viewed millions of times online shows her dragging a special education student by the hair across the floor of the Greenville High School gym Sept. 21. A second video shows her striking the student with a cup. The school district fired her, and the state last week barred her from teaching for 12 years.

Winters-Johnson told a state education panel that she is “an imperfect human who has made a grave mistake.”

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Information from: Delta Democrat-Times, https://www.ddtonline.com

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