Kentucky teacher charged after video shows her dragging 9yo boy with autism

by Kim Boateng Posted on January 9th, 2019

Angel Nelson, a Kentucky elementary school teacher has been removed from her school and faces charges of assault after she was seen on video dragging a student with autism down a hallway.

In the minute-long video, shared Sunday on Facebook by the child’s mother, Angel Nelson, the female teacher pulls the boy by his wrists down the hall in front of other students lined against a wall. The incident happened on Oct. 24, according to Nelson.

“Do you want to walk?,” the teacher, identified as Trina Abrams by county court, asks the boy, to which he responds, “No.”

At one point in the video, Abrams appears to try to get the boy to stand up but he refuses so she continues to drag the child along the floor.

Sherry Horsley, superintendent for Greenup County Schools, told NBC News that Child Protective Services and the state’s education standards board were contacted about the incident. The state police is also looking into it.

The teacher “was removed from the school,” Horsley said.

“The Greenup County School District prioritizes the safety of our students,” the statement read. “All GCSD staff are trained to prevent incidents of restraint. Each school has a specially trained team to address immediate issues. In addition, each school has teachers specially trained to address autism related behaviors.”

Abrams is expected to be arraigned Wednesday on the assault charge county courthouse records show.

Nelson said that her 9-year-old son, who attended Wurtland Elementary school in Greenup County, was diagnosed with autism, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety and depression. She also said he has limited speech.

“When you send your child to school you want them to be safe,” she said. “The teacher is the farthest thing you should worry about.”

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