Teacher fired after dragging boy with autism through Kentucky school

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A Kentucky school teacher who pulled a boy with autism down school hallways by his wrist has been fired, according to the district. 

The teacher, identified as Trina Abrams by WCHS, was seen in a video posted to Facebook dragging a 9-year-old student through Wurtland Elementary School in eastern Kentucky. In the video, which is over a minute long, the teacher pulls the boy out of a classroom and down multiple hallways.

“You want to walk,” she can be heard asking. “No,” the boy replies. At one point, she stops and says “Get up!” and pulls his body up as he refuses. He is first dragged on his back and then is dragged on his knees.

The teacher was fired on Monday, over two months after the October incident, CNN affiliate WSAZ-TV reports

“I’ve seen him truly at his worst and it’s never called him for being dragged down the hallway like that,” Calep Nelson, the boy’s stepfather, told ABC affiliate WCHS-TV

Nelson told the station that the boy has been diagnosed with autism ADHD, PTSD, anxiety and depression and has limited speech.

Angel Nelson, the boy’s mother, told USA TODAY the experience was very difficult for her son. She said she is sharing his story to help prevent incidents like this from happening in the future. 

” I love him so much and wish this had never happened to him,” she said.  Source