Footage of the Sept. 14, 2018 incident released by officials.

Kentucky mom Jo Grayson is justifiably outraged after seeing surveillance video of a teacher and nurse at Tates Creek Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky, dragging her son through the hallway and up the stairs. Grayson was shocked to find out that the incident was the reason behind her 11-year-old non-verbal son’s bruising.

Thatcher is a student in the Fayette Country School District.

His mother said,

“It was terrible because it’s my child. I mean, I don’t understand how anybody could do that to any child, regardless of whether or not they have a disability. I was initially told that he was having a meltdown, but the truth is, he wasn’t having a meltdown.”1

Although the school contacted Grayson via text message, after the incident occurred, they failed to mention her son had been dragged by an educated teacher who should have known better. (I’m sure the omission was on purpose.)


Instead, it was CPS who alerted her to what had happened, “I got a call from somebody from Child Protective Services … and she’s the one who told me what had actually occurred in the video — that he’d been dragged down the hallway and some of the specifics about what were in the video.”2

(Watch the video above. Officials are essentially blaming the student because he refused to stand up in class.)

According to the school district, “Incidents of this nature –- in which an employee is acting outside of the district’s expectations and out of line with the training provided –- are isolated. Our training is very explicit that physical restraint is a last resort only to be used when a student is a danger to themselves or others.”3


While the teacher is no longer an employee, it’s unknown if the nurse, who is employed by the health department, had been penalized or reprimanded.

Grayson has contacted a lawyer and is pursuing legal measures.

Sources and References

  1. ABC News, October 15, 2018.
  2. ABC News, October 15, 2018.
  3. ABC News, October 15, 2018.