The child at the center of endangerment allegations against a former McNabb Elementary teacher and teacher's aide never caused a danger to himself or others, according to an attorney for the child's parents.

Attorney Charles Walter released a statement Tuesday claiming no one attempted to intervene or de-escalate the situation during two incidents at McNabb Elementary in February, when the student became agitated.

The 9-year-old student is autistic and has multiple other impairments, Walter said.

During the first incident, on Feb. 11, the student showed "warning signs of frustration" before striking his computer monitor.

Walter claims none of the adults in the room attempted to intervene before the aide, Katrella Farmer, picked him up by his underarm, "swinging him around and letting him drop to the floor."

Walter added the video appeared to show the student striking his head on the door frame or wall before he was placed in the isolation room.

In the second incident, on Feb. 15, surveillance video showed teacher Vanacia Barner also dragging the student by one arm across the floor after he waved his arms above his head, Walter said. The videos do not include sound.

"No appropriate child positive restraint practices were employed," Walter said.

He also said the family contends they were not properly notified after the incidents. The father learned of the second incident only when police informed him during their investigation, Walter said.

Walter said the parents were "shocked, saddened and disappointed" by the video footage.

Walter claims the parents also requested additional training for school staff in autism behaviors, behavior analysis and therapy techniques, but the school system denied those requests.

Farmer and Barner are due to appear in court on June 18. Both are charged with second-degree wanton endangerment.

Neither are currently employed by the school. Barner was terminated on March 13, and Farmer was terminated on March 18, according to school officials.

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