Kentucky Teacher Filmed Dragging Disabled Child Is Charged

Trina Abrams allegedly dragged autistic 9-year-old through school hallways
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2019 11:05 AM CST

A Kentucky teacher is facing assault charges after video surfaced of her dragging a child with disabilities through school hallways in October. 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. Now she's also been charged with fourth-degree assault of a victim under 12 years old. The incident came to light publicly when the 9-year-old child's mother, Angel Nelson, posted surveillance video of it on Facebook over the weekend and asked for advice. She says her son has been diagnosed with "autism, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, and depression," and that he also has limited speech. Abrams, she says, grabbed him as he was having a meltdown over being pushed to do more work.

Nelson says Abrams bent his wrist backward, then started dragging him. NBC News notes at one point, she can be heard asking if he wants to walk; he says no. "This incident was violent enough to not only injure my child, but to also destroy his shoes," Nelson writes, alleging her son ended up with a sprained wrist and has experienced regression in his fine motor skills, along with emotional trauma. Abrams "claimed she was preventing him from harming himself but it doesn't line up with his actions from the video," Nelson writes. Her post calls for more cameras in schools that can't be turned away toward a corner, as one camera allegedly was during this incident. A state advocate tells the Lexington Herald Leader this is at least the fourth incident of a child with disabilities being dragged at school since this academic year started. (A "nationally recognized protocol," an autistic student's death.)

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