LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) — Fayette County Public Schools released a video showing of an autistic student allegedly being dragged by two teachers at Tates Creek Middle School.
The student's mother, Jo Grayson, told Circa's sister station, Fox 56, that one week ago her child suffered bruises as a result of the dragging. Grayson said she is now angrier than she was before after seeing the video for the first time.
Fox 56 obtained the video through an open records request. The incident began in the gym lobby and ended in the main foyer. In it, the 11-year-old non-verbal autistic child is seen sitting on the ground with his service dog beside him. The mother says her child also has hypermobility, which means his joints are more at risk in situations like what was captured on the video.
Grayson tells Fox 56 it is common for her son to not want to get up, but she says the reaction by the teachers was unwarranted.
"It's just made me more mad. How could somebody who works with a person with disabilities lose their cool like that and just be, you know, not thinking about how this is going to not only physically hurt a child, but psychologically hurt them as well?" Grayson said.
Fayette County Public Schools sent a statement last week stating this was an isolated incident, and the individuals involved are no longer employed with the district.
Grayson also tells Fox 56 the personnel changes are the only reason why she allows her child to remain at the school. She intends to press charges.