- Video footage appears to show a teacher in Kentucky dragging a 9-year-old boy by the wrists during the school day in October.
- According to a Facebook post from Angel Nelson, the boy’s mother, he “has been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. In addition, his speech is also limited.”
- The teacher no longer works at the school, according to a statement the Greenup County School District gave to WSAZ.
- Also according to WSAZ, the teacher is set to be arraigned on Wednesday on a misdemeanour, fourth-degree assault charge.
A teacher in Kentucky has been fired after video footage appeared to show her dragging a 9-year-old boy with autism by the wrists, according to a statement the Greenup County School District gave to WSAZ.
According to a Facebook post from the boy’s mother Angel Nelson, her son has limited speech and “has been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.”
In the video, the teacher appears to drag the boy up and down a hallway. According to Nelson, he was “experiencing a meltdown” at the time, “which he sometimes experiences as part of his diagnoses.”
Nelson also alleged that the teacher threw her son “hard down onto a chair” while they were in the classroom, but that was not recorded on video.
“Beyond this, we will never truly know what took place behind that closed door because of my son’s speech limitations,” Nelson wrote on Facebook.
She said the incident destroyed her son’s shoes and left him with bruises and two sprained wrists.
The teacher, who has not been named, was let go on Monday – several months after the incident, which happened on October 24, Nelson wrote on Facebook.
“The teacher was removed from the school and a formal investigation was conducted,” Sherry Horsely, the school district’s superintendent, said in a statement to WSAZ. “The superintendent also followed protocol and reported the incident to the Kentucky Education Standards Board.”
The teacher is set to be arraigned on Wednesday on a misdemeanour, fourth-degree assault charge, according to WSAZ.
“We as parents trust teachers and school staff on a daily basis to help teach and help our children succeed,” Nelson wrote on Facebook. “We should never have to worry about anything like this ever happening.”
A representative for the Greenup County School District didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
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