The student's mother, Angel Nelson, horrified by what she saw in surveillance footage, posted the video onto Facebook Sunday night. "I feel as though Mrs. Abrams should be held accountable for her actions".
"What else has she (the teacher) done that we don't know about?"
While he is being dragged, the video shows the boy sometimes lying on his back and sometimes sliding on his knees. Initially, she appears to grip the boy by his right arm and later, by both of his wrists. At that point, she yells at him to get up while pulling on the boy's body as he refuses to move. The boy says, "No". Police reportedly measured the distance and estimated that she dragged him approximately 160 feet.
The incident happened in October.
"[The video] is so hard for me to watch". "He didn't do anything wrong".
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Abrams, who was sacked this week from Wurtland Elementary School in Greenup County, Kentucky, appeared in court Wednesday, where she pleaded not guilty to an assault charge, her attorney said.
The distraught mother also said her son was previously diagnosed with ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. "In addition, his speech is also limited", Nelson wrote. Outbursts can happen and the boy's parents believed his IEP (Individualized Education Program) would accomodate him.
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.
Meanwhile, Nelson said teachers should be given more training to hand children with disabilities. She added that her son said Abrams also threw him down hard onto a chair.
"My son deserves justice", wrote Nelson on Facebook.More news: Jayson Tatum Says He'd Trade Himself for Anthony Davis
Angel Nelson posted video to Facebook showing her son Alan, 9, as he is dragged through the hall of Wurtland Elementary School in Greenup County, Ky., by a former teacher.
Then she said Abrams started dragging him by the wrist from the classroom and down the hallway. Additionally, they contacted Child Protective Services and the Kentucky State Police opened an investigation.
"The teacher was removed from the school and a formal investigation was conducted".
The incident was also reported to the Kentucky Education Standards Board as per protocol, according to the district.
"I'm not surprised", Heskins said about the four incidents, "Restraint is an intervention that is much misused across the state". "Each school has a specially trained team to address immediate issues. In addition, each school has teachers specially trained to address autism related behaviors", read the statement.More news: Scientists cook up plan for spicy tomatoes
"Teachers are supposed to stop the bullying, not be the bullies", she said.
"This is the same lady that looked us in the eye and said, 'Your son is safe with me'".
Boarman said Abrams was arrested on a charge of assault in the fourth degree against a victim under 12, which is a lesser charge, because MRI tests on the boy after the incident were "inconclusive", so "we couldn't substantiate any substantial injury" against the student.
And Lucy Heskins, an attorney supervisor for Kentucky Protection and Advocacy said while she can't provide specifics, she is also aware of an incident involving a school child being dragged in Jefferson County.More news: Malaysia probes claim China offered to bail out 1MDB