A Kentucky mother shared a disturbing video on Facebook of her 9-year-old son being dragged down the hallway by his teacher. Angel Nelson said the teacher restrained, pushed, and dragged her son by the arm causing sprains to both hands and bruising. Following the videos upload the school fired the teacher, and police arrested her on fourth-degree assault.
Angel Nelson shared the video earlier this week of a disturbing video of her son. Along with the video, Angel penned an emotional plea for help in bringing the teacher to justice.
“I’m taking this public for help and advice. We as parents trust teachers and school staff on a daily basis to help teach and help our children succeed. We should never have to worry about anything like this ever happening.
On Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Wurtland Elementary school in Greenup County, Kentucky filed an incident report involving my son and the resource teacher, Mrs. Trina Abrams.”
Nelson continued that her 9-year-old son is autistic and has ADHD. As a part of his diagnosis, her son suffers emotional melt-downs that can be challenging to manage. Additionally, Nelson says her son has difficulty with communication and limited speech.
When she enrolled her son into school, the district set up an IEP for him to accommodate his needs. The teacher told Nelson that she had a lot of experience with autistic children. Nelson said after meeting Trina Abrams she felt safe sending her child to school.
However, her impression of Abrams changed after an incident in October. While her son experienced a meltdown in school, Abrams became violent with her son. Angel said,
“Mrs. Abrams forcefully grabbed my son by the wrist and bent it backward while he was experiencing a meltdown (which he sometimes experiences as part of his diagnoses). After he let go of the chair, she grabbed him by the wrist and drug him down the hallway from one classroom into another, according to school video footage.
The camera within the classroom had previously been turned towards the corner, so unfortunately there is no video in the classroom. According to my son, she threw him hard down onto a chair. Beyond this, we will never truly know what took place behind that closed door because of my son’s speech limitations.”
Footage taken via surveillance cameras show Abrams dragging Nelson’s son by the wrist. Nelson’s son lays limply on the floor as she drags him up and down the hallway. While Abrams pulled the boy, numerous children walked by and watched the incident transpire.
When Nelson learned of the incident, she said she immediately took her son to the hospital. Doctors diagnosed her son with a possible fracture in his left wrist. Additionally, her son suffered bruising and swelling on both arms.
As a result of his injuries, Nelson says her son will need occupational therapy to help restore his fine motor skills. She said he struggles to tie his shoes, write, and button his pants.
Nelson ended her update by asking for help from others in exposing the abuse and helping her son receive justice for the abuse.
“Mrs. Abrams, considers herself to be completely innocent. She claimed she was preventing him from harming himself but it doesn’t line up with his actions from the video. My son deserves justice. I feel as though Mrs. Abrams should be held accountable for her actions.
It is my belief that all schools should be required to have cameras in place (that can not be turned to a corner) in order to protect students and teachers. Also all schools should have more training for teachers to handle children with disabilities and to learn proper protocol to retrain and redirect if needed.
There should also be more laws in place for any child, like my son who are abused by the adults we entrust to care for them. 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 cannot speak for themselves.”
“The Greenup County School District prioritizes the safety of our students. The district followed established safety protocol as soon as this situation became known. The parent was contacted immediately and the student was assessed by the school nurse and referred for outside medical evaluation.
Child Protective Services was contacted and the Kentucky State Police opened an investigation. The teacher was removed from the school and a formal investigation was conducted. The superintendent also followed protocol and reported the incident to the Kentucky Education Standards Board.
The EPSB determines whether or not a teacher keeps their teaching certificate. 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.”
Law enforcement followed up with an investigation into the incident. A source connected to the Greenup County Courthouse told WSAZ that Abrams’ arraignment for fourth-degree assault is on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
Despite the current allegations against the teacher, her teaching license is still active. There is no disciplinary action indicated on her license report. The state has not said if Abrams will lose her teaching license as a result of the incident.
The boy’s stepfather, Caleb Nelson, told WSAZ that he hopes Abrams receives jail time for the assault. Caleb said losing her job isn’t enough punishment for what she did to his stepson.
“I think she should possibly face the inside of a jail,” he said. “She didn’t beat him to a bloody pulp, but she did abuse a child. Anybody that does that to a child should go to jail.”
Watch the video below of the incident:
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