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Ex-Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charge Involving Child With Autism

Posted at 4:16 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 09:05:47-05

GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) — A former Kentucky school teacher appeared in court Wednesday morning after she allegedly pulled a little boy across the floor.

Trina Abrahms was arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge.

The video was recorded back in October. It shows 9-year-old Alan Jackson being dragged by his arms down the hallways at Wurtland Elementary School in Greenup County. These actions were reportedly an attempt to remove him from a classroom during an “outburst.”

The child has autism, and his mother says that his sudden tantrums are just a part of who he is.

“He was just having an outburst, which sometimes happens with kids on the spectrum. He just needed time to relax and get redirected,” said Angel Nelson, the child’s mother.

Abrahms’ attorney entered a not guilty plea for her. Even though Abrahms was fired from her position at the school, the judge also added a note to the case Wednesday.

“I’ll make it a condition of the court then, not to be working in a school setting or around juveniles unsupervised,” the judge said.

Abrahms is set to appear for her pretrial conference on Feb. 20.