Video Shows Kentucky Teacher Dragging 9-Year-Old With Autism Through School

A Kentucky teacher dragged a 9-year-old boy with autism in October video shows

A Kentucky teacher is facing criminal charges after a video was revealed showing the teacher dragging a student diagnosed with autism down the school hallway.

Disturbing video footage, uploaded December 6 to Facebook, purports to show Abrams dragging the student down multiple school hallways.

David Boarman with Kentucky State Police Post 14 told ABC News that Abrams had been charged with assault in the 4th degree, victim under 12-years-old, and was given a citation to appear in court.

Nelson said her son deals with an array of challenges outside of his autism diagnosis - the 9-year-old has limited speech, meaning he can not communicate in full sentences and has a speech delay, as well as ADHD, PTSD, anxiety and depression.

Angel says her son told her the teacher also roughly threw him into a chair in a classroom.

The superintendent also confirmed that the teacher was "removed from the school".

Greenup County Schools Superintendent Sherry Horsley told WSAZ-TV in a statement that teachers in the county are trained to prevent incidents of restraint and are "specially trained to address autism-related behaviors".

The family says the woman in the video was in charge of the special needs program at the school.

"We as parents trust teachers and school staff on a daily basis to help teach and help our children succeed", Nelson said.

Nelson said the injuries will cause her son emotional trauma.

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The boy's mother, Angel Nelson, told CNN on Monday that her son was removed from a classroom after he had an outburst.

She also told WCHS that the incident took away "confidence" Alan had gained - and is hoping his story will help raise awareness so it doesn't happen again.

Alan's stepfather says losing her job is not enough: "She did abuse a child".

"It breaks my heart for him, because he does try so hard to fit in", says Nelson."He's trying to adapt, make friends".

"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 can not speak for themselves". "Each school has a specially trained team to address immediate issues".

Nelson and Horsley did not immediately respond to requests from the Herald-Leader on Tuesday.

"It is my belief that all schools should be required to have cameras in place (that cannot be turned to a corner) in order to protect students and teachers", the mother added. The teachers aide no longer works for the district, although officials have not provided specifics.

The incident occurred in October a year ago at Wurtland Elementary school in Greenup County.

The Kentucky Education Standards Board has been notified of the incident. "We should never have to worry about anything like this ever happening". "That commitment to protect kids is especially imperative when it comes to vulnerable children, who may not have the requisite skills to advocate for themselves". "The district followed established safety protocol as soon as this situation became known", the statement said. He said there is a delicate balance when it comes to faculty and staff. "While we have to ensure that due processes are guaranteed, we also have to ensure that there are consequences to incidents like this".

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