Trina Abrams court appearance

Trina Abrams enters Greenup District Court for proceedings on Wednesday. KEVIN GOLDY | THE DAILY INDEPENDENT

GREENUP The case of a former teacher accused of dragging an autistic boy through school hallways is scheduled for mediation this week, according to the former teacher’s attorney.

The episode was recorded on video by school security cameras.

Trina Abrams, who was a resource teacher at Wurtland Elementary School when she was accused of dragging the third-grade boy through the hall by the wrist, will attend mediation with her attorney, Matthew Wisecup, Wisecup said in a voicemail message.

The mother of the boy, Angel Nelson, is also included in mediation, which will be conducted by retired Rowan County circuit judge William Mains.

The mediation will not be conducted in open court and its proceedings will not be public, according to Wisecup. “Whatever is discussed, the substance of the conversations is confidential,” he said.

The mediation may determined whether Abrams takes a plea bargain. “We will see if it may lead to some kind of resolution to the case,” Wisecup said.

“We don't know yet and probably won't know until certainly after the mediation whether it will lead anywhere or not.

“But my client and I certainly are going to attend and participate in good faith and see if there is a possibility of reaching an outcome that's agreeable to all parties.”

A plea bargain was offered earlier but Wisecup said in October 2019 Abrams wasn’t interested.

Nelson said in October 2019 she would ask for jail time. Nelson has not responded to requests for comment on this week’s session other than to say in a Facebook message she is waiting for scheduling information.

The school video shows the boy being dragged by his wrist through a succession of hallways at the school in October 2018. Nelson obtained the footage under a subpoena and posted it on social media.

Abrams was removed from the school after the incident and later fired.

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