PACE — An Exceptional Student Education teacher at Thomas Sims Middle School resigned after she was found guilty of pulling an eighth-grader’s hair and linking arms with the student and dragging her down a hallway against her will on Jan. 30, 2018.

The student alleged that Elizabeth E. Jerrell became angry when she learned the girl reported to the Sims principal that Jerrell showed the class a handful of pills that she said were vitamins and then swallowed them.

The student also alleged Jerrell disparaged her and made her feel uncomfortable when Jerrell confronted her.

A Teacher Hearing Panel of the Education Practices Commission decided to recommend Jerrell’s termination at its July 26 meeting in Altamonte Springs.

The EPC panel found Jerrell guilty of two state laws governing professional conduct and two rules violations, including harming a student physically and mentally.

Jerrell also received a letter of reprimand from the EPC. Jerrell had been certified in Elementary Education, English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and Autism Spectrum Disorders through June 30, 2022.