On Sunday, a mother took to Facebook pleading for advice after an incident involving a teacher at her 9-year-old son’s school.
Angel Nelson said that in October, Wurtland Elementary School in Kentucky filed an incident report after her son’s resource teacher was captured on camera dragging the boy down a hallway.
The mom shared security video of the teacher, Trina Abrams, pulling her son by his wrists. Nelson wrote in the Facebook post:
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.
Nelson said that her son has been diagnosed with “autism, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety and depression” and has limited speech.
The incident occurred during one of his “meltdowns” that he “sometimes experiences as part of his diagnoses,” she wrote.
Her post said that the teacher claimed to be innocent and said she was preventing the boy from hurting himself. But Nelson said that her son was actually injured by the teacher’s actions:
On this same day, I immediately took him to the nearest ER. X-rays where done on his wrist and tailbone. The doctor diagnosed him with a possible left wrist fracture. Since this, he has also had MRI’s of his wrists. He had a confirmed sprain in one of his wrists. In the days following, he suffered swelling and bruising around his wrist.
According to WSAZ, Kentucky State Police opened an investigation after they were contacted by Child Protective Services following the incident.
On Wednesday, the teacher was charged with fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
A statement released by Greenup County Schools Superintendent Sherry Horsley said that Abrams has been fired:
“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.”
Nelson’s family had just enrolled their son in the school district the same month that the incident occurred.
The mother said that she hopes more laws will come about to protect vulnerable children like her son in school settings.