Officials to decide if Bridgeport ex-principal should lose license

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BRIDGEPORT  — State education officials will be asked to decide this week if a former Bridgeport principal who was caught on camera dragging kindergarten children down a hallway should lose her license to teach.

The Connecticut Post reports  the state Board of Education will hear oral arguments and vote on Wednesday.

Carmen Perez-Dickson was suspended after a public hearing in 2013. She then retired after coming off suspension and applied in May 2014 to renew her teaching certificate.

The Bridgeport woman was seen on videotape dragging kindergarten children down a corridor in the Tisdale School in February and March of 2012. Staff also accused her of hitting children.

Dickson's lawyer has said her actions were appropriate for the situation and the school board makes physical force an option when necessary.