Kentucky teacher fired, pleaded not guilty to the assault after a video of an autistic boy, 9, knocked down hall

connectVideoTeacher drag 9-year-old autistic student by the school hall

Raw video: Greenup County Schools superintendent released a statement saying the administrators contacted the boy’s parents, got medical help for the student and reported the incident to child protective services once they became aware of the incident at Wurtland elementary School in Kentucky.

A Kentucky elementary school teacher, which officials say is the woman seen in a shocking video dragging a 9-year-old autistic boy in a school hall, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor assault charge.

Trina Abrams, a former resource teacher at Wurtland elementary School in the East of Kentucky, was identified as the woman who dragged the children from a classroom by means of multiple passes on Oct. 25, after the boy allegedly became frustrated and angry.

At one point, the woman identified as Abrams is heard the question of the boy if he wants to walk, to which he replies: “no.” At that moment, she cries out to him to stand while you are on the body of the boy if he refuses to move. He continues to limp and she continues to drag him around in the hallways.


The child’s mother, Angel Nelson, the shared minute video on Facebook and said that her son deserves justice.

“The fact that my son is not able to fully articulate what he went through means that we have to fight that much harder for all children, but especially the children, who cannot speak for themselves,” she wrote.

On Monday, the Greenup County School District announced that Abrams had been fired.

“The parent was contacted immediately and the student is assessed by the school nurse and referred for outside medical evaluation. Child Protective Services was contacted and the Kentucky State Police opened an investigation,” Superintendent Sherry Horsley said in a statement to WSAZ-TV. “The teacher was removed from the school and a formal investigation was conducted. The inspector also followed protocol and reported the incident to the Kentucky Education Standards Board.”

The school is not quite Abrams name, but she was identified as the suspect in the court documents, and Nelson’s social media message.


Nelson told WSAZ her son was diagnosed with Autism, ADHA, PTSD, anxiety and depression, and that he is an Individualized Education Program that ensure that “all his needs are met while at school.”

“[The Video] is so hard for me to watch. He did nothing wrong,” Nelson said.

Abrams is expected to be arraigned Wednesday on assault charges.

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