Longview ISD says arrests made in suspected mistreatment of Everhart Elementary students

J.L. Everhart Elementary School
J.L. Everhart Elementary School(Longview ISD)
Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 9:42 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2022 at 10:26 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - The superintendent of Longview ISD has released a statement regarding arrests made within the district.

The district’s community relations officer, Matthew Prosser, said that Longview ISD is aware that arrests have been made “as a result of the district’s October 2021 report to law enforcement of suspected mistreatment of students in a life skills classroom at J.L. Everhart Elementary.”

Paula Hawkins Dixon (center) faces criminal charges for alleged injury to a child.
Paula Hawkins Dixon (center) faces criminal charges for alleged injury to a child. Cassandra Renee James (right) and Linda Kaye Brown Lister (left) face charges for alleged abandonment or endangerment of a child. (Gregg County Judicial Records)

He added that the district expects that more arrests are coming in the days ahead.

Superintendent James Wilcox said, “Once we have confirmation and an opportunity to review and confirm the charges, we will issue a statement and provide the Longview ISD community with whatever information we are permitted to release. We are committed in our partnership with the Longview Police Department in seeking justice for these children so we must be mindful not to speak in haste and jeopardize prosecution.”

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