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Kentucky teacher seen dragging student with autism through school



GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WCHS/WVAH) — A Greenup County, Kentucky, family is in shock after video surfaced of a Wurtland Elementary teacher dragging their special needs son through the hallway.

"I was horrified when I saw it," said Angel Nelson, the child's mother. "I couldn't believe that she would drag him."

Nelson posted the video on her Facebook page Sunday of the disturbing incident that happened in October.

"I feel like I needed to go to social media for my child to have a voice, to let others know what happened and that it doesn't go away," Nelson said.

In it, you can see 9-year-old Alan Jackson being dragged through the hall by former teacher Trina Abrams.

"It broke my heart when I saw the video, and I saw all of his new friends and classmates along the wall watching him being dragged down the hallway," Nelson said.

Jackson's stepfather, Calep Nelson, said his stepson has been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety and depression and has limited speech.

"I've seen him truly at his worst, and it's never called him for being dragged down the hallway like that," Calep Nelson said.

The Greenup County School district said Abrams is not longer employed at the school.

"For a trained professional to just rip what he had gained like that it took his confidence," Angela Nelson said.

According to Kentucky State Police, Abrams is charged with assault of the fourth degree. Jackson's parents are hoping to raise awareness so it doesn't happen again.

"As to parents, all I can say is if something like this ever happens, be vigilant and don't stop until you get answers. That's what we're trying to do," Calep Nelson said.

Kentucky State Police said this investigation is still ongoing. Abrams is expected to appear in court Wednesday.

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