Teacher With Felony Record Allowed to Keep Job


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

, Henry Bell, who recently was released after serving a two-year sentence for a cocaine possession conviction. Bounds had three drunken-driving convictions between January 1995 and January 1997. Alexander says she must show evidence of rehabilitation before she can get her teaching license back. Alexander says Carpenter must reapply for her teaching license without lying about her felony embezzlement record.