Teacher seen dragging student no longer teaches at school

  • Teacher seen dragging student no longer teaches at school

Teacher seen dragging student no longer teaches at school

A mother who says her autistic child was "emotionally traumatized" after being dragged through his school by a teacher has released footage of the incident. The child's mother in a Facebook post had also identified Abrams as the teacher in the video.

The teacher is scheduled to appear in court this week.

She said her son got frustrated after a teacher told him to keep working, or do more work, and he wanted to take a break.

"This is the same lady that looked us in the eye and said 'Your son is safe with me, '" said his stepfather, Calep Nelson.

The child, Nelson said, will need to have "more intense occupational therapy to regain his skills that took so long to grasp".

At one point, it appears the teacher tries to get the child to walk on his own, but he remains limp and she goes right back to dragging him around the corners of the school.

Angel Nelson told ABC News that Alan had been diagnosed with autism, depression, anxiety, ADHD and PTSD, and Abrams was his resource teacher. "In addition, his speech is also limited", she said in a Facebook post.

She explained that the force seemed great enough to damage her son's shoes and he was diagnosed with sprained wrists afterward. Police reportedly measured the distance and estimated that she dragged him approximately 160 feet.

The footage was posted to social media by the boy's mother, Angel Nelson, who told The Post in an interview that she went to Facebook for help in bringing the teacher to justice.

"He had an outburst and they were trying to remove him from the classroom, but she restrained him the wrong way, and it was 100 percent preventable", Nelson 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". A parent was contacted and the student was assessed by the school nurse. She is due Wednesday in court, state police said.

"The teacher was removed from the school and a formal investigation was conducted", Sherry Horsely, the school district's superintendent, said in a statement to WSAZ.

The Kentucky Education Standards Board has been notified of the incident.

School staff in the Greenup district are trained to prevent incidents of restraint, the statement said. "Each school has a specially trained team to address immediate issues".

Nelson and Horsley did not immediately respond to requests from the Herald-Leader on Tuesday.

The family says the woman in the video was in charge of the special needs program at the school.

Disturbing video footage, uploaded December 6 to Facebook, purports to show Abrams dragging the student down multiple school hallways.

Nelson said that when she first met with Abrams at their initial IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting upon enrolling her son at Wurtland, Abrams assured her and her husband that she had years of experience and that her son was in good hands.

Heskins said that "some parents of disabled children in Kentucky are increasingly aware that physical intervention can be abusive" and that could be leading to more reporting of the dragging incidents.