MOUNT VERNON – Winston Johnson, a Mount Vernon City School District security monitor, was honored at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 7, 2023. He was recognized for protecting Mount Vernon students and staff during summer school by stopping a student from entering Mount Vernon High School with a weapon.
“I would like to acknowledge a Mount Vernon City School District hero, Mr. Winston Johnson, for saving the lives of staff and students by single handedly, and I mean single handedly, searching a student over the summer who had a weapon,” said Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith at the Board of Education meeting. “He was able to stave off what could have been a serious problem.”
The student fled the school and was later apprehended by police. Mr. Johnson’s actions that day may have protected Mount Vernon students from harm, and he continues to serve with the purpose of keeping children safe at the forefront of everything he does.