Teachers didn't necessarily have all that great of a close to the year in 2018. With reports of teachers bullying students for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance, teachers chasing students around with scissors and forcibly giving haircuts, and telling first graders that Santa Claus isn't real, things couldn't get much worse could they?
Enter Trina Abrams:
Abrams has been charged for her alleged role in the October 2018 assault of a 9-year-old autistic student after security footage appeared to show the now former teacher dragging the boy by his wrists through the Kentucky public school where she was employed until early January 2019.
The security footage, which was first shared by Angele Nelson, the boy's mother, on her Facebook page, shows what appears to be Abrams pulling the child out of a classroom and into a hallway, where she then dragged the screaming child around the corners of Wurtland Elementary School in Wurtland, Kentucky.
Nelson said the incident started when a teacher tried to make her son continue to work after he said he was tired of a classroom project. But she said there was no way of fully knowing what happened on account of her son's limited capabilities.
"We will never truly know what took place behind that closed door because of my son's speech limitations," Nelson said. "This incident was violent enough to not only injure my child but to also destroy his shoes."
Nelson took her son to undergo x-rays the day of the incident and a doctor confirmed that the child suffered injuries to the wrist from here Abrams grabbed and dragged him through the school.
"The doctor diagnosed him with a possible left wrist fracture," she said. "He had a confirmed sprain in one of his wrists."
Abrams previously appeared before a review panel with the Greenup County School District where she attempted to explain the incident in her own words. Clearly, the review wasn't enough to prevent charges from being brought down on Abrams, nor did it save her job at the school. The one-time special needs teacher was fired just days before she was formally charged with fourth-degree assault of a victim under the age of 12 in Greenup County Circuit Court on January 9.
No surprise here, but Abrams pleaded not guilty.
Abrams' attorney, Matthew Wisecup, told The Daily Independent that his client intended to fight the charges.
"She certainly disputes the charges against her and it is our intention to fight them in court," Wisecup said.
Abrams was never arrested in the case and remains free under the condition that she does not teach or even work in a school until the case is resolved.