Parents file lawsuit after autistic son was dragged through school


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The parents of an autistic student are suing Fayette County Public Schools. The lawsuit claims their son was injured after being dragged through Tates Creek Middle School last year.

In Courtney Jo and Donnie Jack Grayson’s lawsuit, they claim a Tates Creek Middle School staff member dragged the boy 250 feet through hallways, kicked him twice, and carried him unwillingly up 19 stairs.

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The lawsuit says he suffered injuries to his stomach, back, and left shoulder.

Heidi Schissler is the legal director at the state’s protection and advocacy services. She says touching a child can be avoided most of the time because of a required behavior plan for each special needs students.

It serves as a blueprint for the child that’s designed to keep these situations from happening in the first place, but if they do, it explains how to properly handle them.

The Graysons claim the school did not adequately train staff. Schissler says lack of training is the biggest contributor to these problems.

The Grayson’s lawsuit names the two employees in the security camera video, the board of education, the superintendent, and the middle school principal as defendants.

Fayette County Public School’s spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall sent ABC36 this comment, “Although we cannot comment on pending litigation, we do want to note that this case refers to an incident that occurred in September of last year and was swiftly addressed by school and district officials. Fayette County Public Schools is committed to providing a nurturing and safe learning environment for all of our students and the more than 730 special education professionals in our district go above and beyond each day to meet the needs of the children in their classrooms.”