WATCH: Two Crestline Teachers Drag Autistic Student

  • 8/10/2017 1:16:09 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

CRESTLINE, OH - The video is hard to watch. A 7-year-old autistic boy, Corbin, dragged through the halls of Crestline Elementary like a bag of trash. 

In the school's security footage, you can see two teachers bring Corbin inside during recess after he was attempting to climb up the slide on the playground. 

You can see that Corbin does not want to walk in on his own, resulting in his teacher, Hannah Ruth, and her aide, Heather Gregory, physically forcing him forward as his knees drag on the ground.

Later on, the video shows the teacher pulling Corbin through the hallway by one leg, catching the eye of students and faculty.

Noreen Mullens, Crestline's Superintendent, said she was notified of the incident by a faculty member the morning after it happened.

Corbin's mother, Bonnie McKean, stated in a Facebook post: 

"She (Noreen Mullins, Crestline Schools Superintendent) called me right back from a meeting in Columbus to let me know that both teachers were about to come off of administrative leave but would not returning and they had been replaced pending an investigation by both Crestline Schools and the State School Board or Ohio Education Association this investigation may lead to them both losing their licenses. (fingers crossed)."

Less than 24-hours have gone by since the surveillance video was released to public record, and the viral Facebook video has been viewed over 50-thousand times. 

In the police report, McKean talks about how her son's doctor thinks he was in the middle of a growth spurt and needed to eat and sleep more. "The doctor wanted Corbin to have a snack every 1.5 to 2 hours and I explained that an afternoon snack was worked into his IEP and that I knew Wendy Schwall was letting him have his snack about 2:15 in her room and that sometimes Corbin refused to eat lunch and morning snack."

McKean's initial instructions were not taken seriously and Corbin's behavior became more and more aggressive, as he could not communicate his hunger or fatigue.

While both of the teachers involved have been removed from their positions and replaced for the upcoming school year, it is unclear at this time if they will also lose their licenses.  

McKean went on to say, "As parents, we are supposed to trust the school and its employees are doing their job and that our kids are being taken care of while they are there.  I may never trust that again.  No one can take back what has happened to Corbin, but as a community and for all children, it is our duty to make sure this doesn’t happen again."

WMFD was able to interview McKean in a private interview at her home Thursday afternoon, which has been given its own article here.

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