Mother of autistic boy sues teacher who dragged son
Daily Independent - 3/6/2020
Mar. 6--GREENUP The mother of an autistic boy who was dragged through school hallways by a teacher is suing the teacher.
In her suit, Angel Nelson accuses the teacher, Trina Abrams, of injuring her son physically and emotionally, according to T.J. Smith, Nelson's attorney.
The suit accuses Abrams of "gross and wanton dereliction of her ministerial duties as an employee of the Greenup County school system," Smith said.
The suit, filed in Greenup Circuit Court Tuesday, follows Abram's plea deal in which she admitted dragging the boy by the wrist through the halls of Wurtland Elementary School in October 2018.
The suit claims the incident injured the boy's wrist and resulted in setbacks to his symptoms, including increased tremors in his hands and emotional setbacks, according to Smith.
The dragging violated the boy's rights under his special needs and disabilities educational plan, he said.
The suit seeks as yet unspecified monetary damages, but Smith said the suit has other goals. "With this case we can deter abusive behavior by any caregiver. This case sends a message," Smith said.
Any money Nelson receives would assist her in getting treatment for the boy, Smith said.
Abrams' plea deal resulted in a home confinement sentence and two years of probation. She also forfeited her teaching certificate for the two-year probation period.
The sentence came after mediation sessions in which Nelson participated, and Nelson agreed to the terms.
The boy is now in fourth grade and enrolled in another school district.
Nelson could not be reached but said after the sentencing her son continues to suffer from the incident.
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