Former principal says she did not drag autistic student

A former elementary school principal in Mississippi is denying an accusation that she dragged an autistic child down a hallway.

Posted: Nov 8, 2018 4:49 PM

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A former elementary school principal in Mississippi is denying an accusation that she dragged an autistic child down a hallway.

The Daily Leader reports that Shelley Riley lost her job at Brookhaven Elementary School when the superintendent did not renew her contract in March. The accusation about dragging a student was the most serious issue cited in the job decision.

During a contract hearing Tuesday, Riley testified she grabbed an autistic student's backpack loop and guided him down a hallway toward school buses when she found him having a meltdown during a bad-weather dismissal on Jan. 6, 2017.

She told a hearing officer that the child repeatedly collapsed to the floor, got back up to walk and collapsed again, but no dragging occurred.

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