Caught on camera: Kentucky teacher seen dragging autistic boy down a hallway

Desiree Burns
January 9, 2019

Surveillance video subpoena'd by the family's lawyer shows a teacher dragging the 9-year-old up and down the hallway by his wrists.

Trina Abrams, identified by the child's family as a resource teacher in Wurtland Elementary's special needs program, had already been "removed from the school" after the incident, according to a statement the superintendent provided to WSAZ.

Abrams' attorney, Matthew Wisecup, said in an email Wednesday to The Washington Post that his client "maintains her innocence" and "intends to fight this charge in court".

The boy's mother, Angel Nelson, says her son has been diagnosed with autism and other disorders and has limited speech. She added that her son said Abrams also threw him down hard onto a chair.

The superintendent tells WSAZ the woman in the video no longer teaches at the school.

The Greenup County School District said in a statement that after the incident, "the parent was contacted immediately and the student was assessed by the school nurse and referred for outside medical evaluation".

The child's stepfather, Calep Nelson, told WSAZ-TV, said that the female teacher responsible should "possibly face the inside of a jail" for her actions.

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"We as parents trust teachers and school staff on a daily basis to help teach and help our children succeed", Nelson said. "He's safe, '" Alan's stepfather Calep Nelson said.

Angel Nelson and her family just moved to Wurtland on October 1st. She said her son's wrist was sprained after he was dragged and that he was still emotionally traumatized.

She claimed that he sustained multiple wrist injuries after being pulled by the teacher. "She didn't beat him to a bloody pulp, but she did abuse a child", he said.

"The fact that my son is not able to fully verbalize what he went through means that we must fight that much harder for all kids, but especially the kids who can not speak for themselves", the upset mother wrote on Facebook. "Each school has a specially trained team to address immediate issues".

Abrams did not return ABC News' request for comment. Yesterday, district officials confirmed the teacher in question had been "removed from the school". A child having a "meltdown" and not posing a danger, should not be physically managed, she said, and any child with autism who has behavior challenges should have a behavior plan that gives teachers tools. "Do you want to walk", the teacher is heard asking the child in the clip.

"It is my belief that all schools should be required to have cameras in place in order to protect students and teachers", Nelson wrote. But Heskins said that school staff don't always adhere to the state regulation. She claimed she was preventing him from harming himself but it doesn't line up with his actions from the video. The district followed established safety protocol as soon as this situation became known.

"On one hand, working in schools is tough, demanding and stressful business and educators have to be supported". "While we have to ensure that due processes are guaranteed, we also have to ensure that there are consequences to incidents like this".

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