Angel Nelson knows her son is not always the best student or the easiest child to look after. He has autism, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and limited speech, all of which contribute to difficulties in the classroom and at home. But she strongly disagrees with the way his Greenup County School District teacher treated him in class one day, less than a month after the family moved to the district.
“We will never truly know what took place behind that closed door because of my son’s speech limitations,” Nelson wrote on Facebook regarding how the event started. “This incident was violent enough to not only injure my child, but to also destroy his shoes.”
But at least part of the event was captured on video. The unnamed teacher was seen on school cameras dragging the child for roughly 160 feet through the school hallways in front of the boy’s peers after he refused to continue working on what the teacher asked him to do. At different points of the video, the boy can be seen lying on his back or sliding on his knees as he’s dragged.
Nelson claims her son was not hurting anyone but simply wanted to take a break, and she’s upset with the way the situation was handled, especially since it ended in physical pain for her son, as well as doctor appointments and an MRI of his wrists.
“The doctor diagnosed him with a possible left wrist fracture,” she said. “He had a confirmed sprain in one of his wrists. In the days following, he suffered swelling and bruising around his wrist.”
Nelson also said her son will likely need to have “more intense occupational therapy to regain his skills that took so long to grasp.” Getting past this incident is not going to be easy for the boy.
The teacher in question was fired almost immediately after the event, but she later appealed to a tribunal, and they overturned the school’s decision. The teacher has since been re-hired, although she’s been reassigned as a floating teacher in various classrooms throughout the district.
Nelson and her husband, the boy’s stepfather, say they never want anything like this to happen to another child again, and they believe the teacher in question should not have been allowed to return to the classroom.
“She made him feel different,” Nelson said. “Teachers are supposed to stop the bullying, not be the bullies.”
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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?