Bullitt County teacher charged with assault after dragging first grader through hallway
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A Bullitt County teacher who was fired, then reinstated, after dragging a first grade student 160 feet through the hall at Brooks Elementary has been charged with fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
Hillview Police Det. Charles McWhirter confirms that Bullitt County Judge Jennifer Porter signed the criminal summons against Ashley Silas on Tuesday, but that Silas has not yet been served by the sheriff's department.
In a video of the Oct. 29 incident first obtained by WDRB News on Monday, Silas is seen walking the 6-year-old student until he collapses on the floor. Silas then drags the student by the arm to the front office while using her other hand to gaze at her smartphone.
McWhirter said the Bullitt County Attorney's office determined there was enough evidence to charge based on Hillview's investigation, which was prompted by a complaint made by the child's parents.
Louisville attorney Brian Butler is now representing Silas.
“In my opinion this is really unfair to charge her with a crime over this," Butler said. "She had absolutely no intent to harm a child…He didn't want to walk, so she slid him on the floor, that is just not criminal activity. If it is, I don't see why anyone would want to be a teacher."
WDRB.com reporter Antoinette Konz contributed to this report.