Johnson Says Men Needed in Elementary Ed

Meridian, Miss. The elementary education program at MSU Meridian for the fall semester has 116 students. Of those, only eight are males.

Tyrone Johnson is trying to change that trend. He is from Meridian and recently graduated from Meridian Community College.

Johnson is starting a community center for children which will be located in George Reese Court.

"Some of the people out there (Air National Guard) are coming to help me remodel the building to get it up to standards for the kids to come out," said Johnson. "I want to have like an afterschool program maybe, like a little program, teaching them discipline and things like that."

Johnson said he believes that young kids need a strong male influence in their lives, as well as a female influence.