Fayette Co. superintendent calls for change after allegations of abuse in schools

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Fayette County Public Schools superintendent is calling for a change after footage of a special needs student being dragged down the hallway of a Lexington school has gained national attention.

Several similar allegations have been aimed at the school district since the video surfaced in early October. Some cases even involved state investigations and removal of staff members.

Advocates for special needs students have already called for a change in procedures when it comes to training school staff, but now Fayette County Schools superintendent Manny Caulk says he wants to act.

"I want to focus on the instructional side and focus on our teachers as it pertains to this tribunal process,” said Caulk.

Caulk said he’s focused on changing current policy, in order to allow him and the school district more power to fire teachers that act inappropriately. But he would not address demands from parents who are calling for cameras to be installed in special needs classrooms.

"What is he going to do, as the superintendent of the second largest school district in Kentucky, to make this right, and to work with the parents on making our schools safe,” asked Jo Grayson, whose son is the boy seen in the viral video being dragged down the hallway of Tates Creek Middle School.

When asked if he would speak on preventative measures like cameras in classrooms, Caulk said he had to wrap up his interview with WKYT.

However, Caulk did say that staff members at Fayette County Schools are properly trained, and implied that having cameras in classrooms would be ineffective.

While parents of special needs students work to get district leaders to see eye to eye, some are starting the process of filing criminal charges.

“It's not an easy process. It's a long process. It is worth it, because my child is worth it and he cannot speak for himself,” said Grayson.

Others are planning to take their concerns to Frankfort on Nov. 5. They have a silent rally planned to demand cameras in classrooms along with better training for school staff.

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