Teacher seen dragging autistic student no longer teaches at school

Leslie Hanson
January 8, 2019

The video shows a teacher at Wurtland Elementary School dragging a 9-year-old boy by what appears to be his wrists in October.

On Sunday, the boy's mother, Angel Nelson, shared the video of the incident from October 24, taken from security cameras at Wurtland Elementary School, and wrote that her son has a possible fractured left wrist as a result of the abuse. "The fact that my son is not able to fully verbalize what he went through means that we must fight that much harder for all kids, but especially the kids who can not speak for themselves".

The school district hasn't released the teacher's name. An investigation has been opened into the teacher's behavior, and she has been fired. She is due Wednesday in court, state police said.

She also said that because the camera in the classroom was "turned toward a corner" and because of his speech limitations, she doesn't have any way of knowing what happened after that, or if any other forms of abuse took place.

Nelson claims that shortly before the incident, her son had become frustrated by Abrams who had told him to keep working even as he wanted to take a break. Her son said the teacher threw him down hard onto a chair, Nelson wrote in her Facebook post.

Nelson said the ordeal had "emotionally traumatized" her son and claims Abrams "considers herself to be completely innocent".


At one point, she paused dragging the student and ordered him to 'Get up!'

The stay-at-home mom accused Abrams of being so violent that she injured her son and destroyed his shoes.

Nelson said the same day her son was dragged, she had X-rays taken of his wrist and tailbone.

"The doctor diagnosed him with a possible left wrist fracture", she said, adding her son also had an MRI scan of his wrists. "He seems to be adapting but is still reluctant", she said. "In the days following, he suffered swelling and bruising around his wrist".

The child, Nelson said, will need have "more intense occupational therapy to regain his skills that took so long to grasp".

"Teachers are supposed to stop the bullying, not be the bullies", she said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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