Mom urges school board to take action after son dragged down hallway

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The Crestline Village school officials say a teacher and teacher's aide will not return to school with students on Wednesday after they were caught on video carrying and dragging a 7-year-old boy with autism down the hall.

At the Crestline Village school board meeting Monday night, the boy's mother spoke up and urged district leaders to take action.

"I am coming to you tonight to ask that we do not brush this behavior under the rug," Bonnie McKean said.

In front of her school board, Bonnie McKean didn't hold back. Not about what happened in May to her 7-year-old son, Corbin Kemle.

"My ultimate goal is to get the word out not just to the school district, but all the school districts in Ohio and nationwide. You can't treat our autistic kids or special needs kids like this. We're not going away," McKean said.

At the board meeting, she pleaded with members to take action against the teacher and teacher's aide, caught on school security cameras carrying and dragging her son down the hall.

According to school records, the teacher's aide said Corbin was misbehaving on the playground. When she tried to correct him, she says he began hitting, kicking and trying to bite.

She and a teacher decided to take him to the office, which is when school cameras picked up their interaction with Corbin.

The video shows Corbin defying his teacher and aide, and dropping himself to the floor. They pick him up by his arms and ankles, and then his teacher drags him by the foot.

"I think she did a really nice job of expressing herself as a parent that was part of something that shouldn't have happened," Superintendent Noreen Mullens said.

Mullens put the teacher and aide on immediate paid leave.

The Crestline Village School Board is investigating the incident. So is the State Board of Education.

McKean wants the teacher and the aide dismissed from Crestline and charged.

"It needs to happen. This needs to follow them, it's going to follow us," McKean said.

More importantly, McKean says Corbin is doing ok.

"Corbin's great. He's resilient. He's ready for the school year, wants to make new friends," McKean said.

She says speaking up isn't just about Corbin, but it's about other kids around the world who may be mistreated at school.

"This is an issue that needs to be addressed. Our children's safety in public schools has to be better," McKean said.

The Crawford County prosecutor says no felony crime occurred during the incident. It will be up to the village prosecutor to file any other possible charges.

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