National Louis University’s Katalin (Kathy) Pluymert appeared on the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt Aug. 15 to offer insight on an Ohio case in which a teacher and teacher aide at an Ohio school forcibly carried a 7-year-old boy on the autism spectrum who had been acting out on the playground. The incident was caught on the school’s video, and shows the two teachers carrying the boy by his hands and feet, then later dragging him by the ankles into the principal’s office.
Among other comments on the national news show, Pluymert told a reporter about the need to deescalate the situation and keep the child and others safe.
The video also shows comments by the boy’s mother, the school district superintendent and the county prosecutor, who declined to press charges against the teachers.
Pluymert recently joined NLU as Assistant Professor for Special Education. She also serves as the Program Chair. She has over 35 years’ experience as an educator, having worked as a district level administrator, program coordinator, special education teacher, school psychologist, university faculty, and consultant. In addition to teaching, her work as a school psychologist and supervisor and having principal credentials, Kathy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Kathy’s primary research and publication focus has been in the areas of implementing and evaluating innovative educational programming including multi-tier systems of support, positive behavioral supports and school-based mental health.