Former teacher accused of dragging student pleaded not guilty to assault charge

Trina Abrams pleaded not guilty to assault in the fourth degree Wednesday morning in Greenup County District Court. (WCHS/WVAH)

A former Greenup County teacher accused of dragging a student with autism pleaded not guilty to an assault charge.

Trina Abrams pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault Wednesday morning in Greenup County District Court. Judge Brian McCloud made a condition of the court that Abrams not work in a setting around juveniles.

The charge stems from an incident in October 2018 while Abrams was employed as a teacher at Wurtland Elementary school. Angel Nelson said her 9-year old son was dragged through the hall. Nelson posted video of the alleged incident on her Facebook page.

"When I saw that video I was shocked, I just couldn't believe anyone would do that to him," family friend, Eden Russell said.

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"That is just not okay and that needs to be stopped in schools and something needs to be done to prevent that from ever happening again," Russell said.

Nelson said she posted the video on Facebook to call for change and couldn't be more thankful for the outpouring of support.

"I am glad that people are stepping up and talking about their stories, and I feel like we are all starting to connect, and the autism community is starting to speak up," Nelson said. "If you feel like you need to speak up, find the courage to do it for your children, your children need a voice."

Abrams is no longer employed at the school and remains free with no bond.

Abrams is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on February 20th.

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