WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A teacher from Kentucky has been charged with assault after a video surfaced showing her dragging a 9-year-old boy with autism through the halls of an elementary school.
- The Kentucky State Police said they are investigating Trina Abrams who has been charged with Assault 4th Degree, victim under 12 years old.
- The special-education teacher pleaded not guilty to the charge during Wednesday’s arraignment.
A Kentucky elementary school teacher who has been charged with Assault 4th Degree pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault Wednesday. The charge to teacher Trina Abrams came about when a video showing her dragging a 9-year-old student with autism through a hallway surfaced.
The pretrial hearing is scheduled on Feb. 20.
The child’s mother, Angel Nelson, shared the video on Facebook Sunday. The special-education teacher was seen dragging the boy along the hallway at Wurtland Elementary School in Greenup County. Nelson said the incident happened in October.
Abrams can be heard asking the child, “Do you want to walk?” to which the boy replied, “No.”
On Tuesday, the district issued a statement stating that Abrams was subsequently “removed from the school.”
Abrams can no longer work in a school setting or around juveniles unsupervised, according to a judge ruling.
The boy was diagnosed with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, and also has limited speech, his mother told NBC News.
She added that his son has “trust issues” due to the incident.
“When you send your child to school you want them to be safe,” Nelson said. “The teacher is the farthest thing you should worry about.”
Nelson recalled that her son was doing schoolwork when his third-grade teacher “wanted him to do more.”
“He needed a break and they kept pushing him to do more,” she said.
When the boy started “having an outburst,” Abrams, who was the resource teacher in the room grabbed him by the wrists and dragged him outside and into the hallway.
“I worry about him because he does lack speech, and sometimes he can’t express how he’s feeling,” his mother said. “He doesn’t understand why she did what she did.”
She pulled her son from Wurtland Elementary and enrolled him elsewhere.
Source: NBC News