The Kentucky elementary school teacher who was fired for dragging a 9-year-old autistic student down the hallway pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault in court Wednesday.
Tina Abrams, a teacher at Wurtland Elementary School, will fight the charges against her, her attorney said in court.
“She certainly disputes the charges against her and it is our intention to fight them in court,”?her attorney, Matthew Wisecup, told the Daily Independent.
Abrams has been charged with assault of the fourth degree, Kentucky State Police confirmed to the Daily News Tuesday. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail.
The young boy’’s mother posted the security camera video, which showed Abrams dragging him down the hallway by his arms, on Facebook over the weekend.
“Mrs. Abrams, considers herself to be completely innocent,” Angel Nelson wrote on Facebook about her son, Alan Jackson.
“She claimed she was preventing him from harming himself but it doesn’t line up with his actions from the video. My son deserves justice.”
Nelson wrote that Alan, who has autism, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety and depression, was diagnosed with a possible left wrist fracture and had swelling and bruising around his wrist.
Greenup County Schools Superintendent Sherry Horsley told the Daily Independent that Abrams was “removed from the school” immediately after the incident in October.
“The district followed established safety protocol as soon as this situation became known,” she said in a statement. “The parent was contacted immediately and the student was assessed by the school nurse and referred for outside medical evaluation. Child Protective Services was contacted and the Kentucky State Police opened an investigation.”
Alan has since transferred to a different school.