"She was attempting to deal with a difficult situation in class," Goots said.
Goots said she is dealing with the incident but declined to provide details, citing personnel issues.
She said teachers need more training to work with autistic students, which she plans to ask the Wood County Board of Education to provide.
"We put teachers in these situations where they have not had a lot of training," she said. "She was doing the best with the skill set she had."
Wood County Assistant Schools Superintendent Sue Woodward said it was an unfortunate chain of events.
"It is not what we send our children to school for and not what we want to happen to our kids, on the parent side or the school side," she said. "I hope the adults will work together to make sure it doesn't happen to another student."
Dean and Richards planned to meet with Goots and Wood County Schools Superintendent Pat Law on Tuesday.
"We want a change in policy," Richards said. "Accountability."