Lawsuit filed after child with autism dragged down hallway of school

Posted at 11:24 AM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 14:01:38-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The parents of a child with autism that was dragged down the hallway of Tates Creek Middle School by two school officials, have filed a lawsuit.

Court documents show that Jo Grayson and Donnie Jack Grayson filed the suit in court earlier this month. The suit names the school employees, the Fayette County Board of Education, Superintendent Manny Caulk and Tates Creek Middle principal Eric Thornsbury.

School surveillance video shows the employees dragging the child, called only T.G. in court documents, through the halls of the school as the child appears to be crying. The suit says that T.G. is mostly non-verbal and suffers from cognitive issues.

Jo Grayson told LEX 18 about the incident shortly after it happened.

“My son was having a meltdown. He refused to get up off the gym floor, and a teacher and a school nurse dragged him down a hallway until they could get him to the resource classroom,” Grayson told LEX 18.

Grayson says T.G. suffered injuries to his back, shoulder and arms from the incident.

The school employee seen in the video is no longer employed by the district.