A state board has suspended licenses of two teachers with felony records and allowed one with a 1989 drug conviction to remain in the classroom. Officials suspended the licenses of Linda Bounds, who taught last year in Noxubee County, and Rebecca S- Carpenter, who taught at North Forrest High School in Forrest County.
The teacher allowed to keep his license is Charles W. ``Chip'' Gordon, a Long Beach High School special education teacher. Gordon pleaded guilty in 1989 to a felony charge of selling less than an ounce of marijuana.
All three were among four teachers who appeared last Wednesday before a state licensure commission for lying on their teaching license applications. Decisions on their licenses were released today by Carolyn Alexander, director of licensure for the state Department of Education. The commission is seeking more information about the fourth teacher