School administrator accused of injuring third-grader


The elementary school vice principal in Polk County is on administrative leave, according to a report.

He allegedly dragged a third-grader across his office floor.

An elementary school vice principal is facing criminal charges after he dragged a student by his feet across his office floor, police said.

Matthew Michael Johnson, 31, who works at Youngs Grove Elementary in Cedartown, is charged with second-degree cruelty to children and misdemeanor reckless conduct, battery and simple battery, according to a Polk County police report.

He has been placed on administrative leave, the Polk County Standard Journal reported.

In the Nov. 16 incident, the third-grader was in the principal’s office for pushing another child, according to Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd.

After the student refused to follow the principal's instructions and lie on the floor, Johnson allegedly dragged him, causing burns to the student’s back. 

Johnson surrendered on the charges and was released on $8,000 bond, the newspaper reported.

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