By Ryan Velez
RollingOut reports that a teenage boy in Georgia had his leg amputated at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in Atlanta after he was slammed to the ground repeatedly by a teacher. While the surgery was a success, and the boy is currently recovering, this tragic situation has led many to wonder what could have warranted such a display of force.
According to a police statement, the student, 13-year-old Montravious Thomas, was in class at the Muscogee County School District’s AIM program. This program is dedicated to students that have been temporarily removed from their original school for misconduct. Behavioral specialist Bryant Mosley. allegedly threw Thomas to the floor three times as he was heading to the main office to call his mother to pick him up. The police report only explains Mosley’s reasoning as “behavioral issues.” Mosley then placed the injured and limping Thomas on a bus without any further medical attention. This led to nerve damage, which necessitated the amputation.
The family’s lawyer, Renee Tucker, is now preparing a $5 million lawsuit. On top of the amputation, Thomas’s mother Lawanda lost her job at a temporary agency due to spending time as the primary caregiver at her son’s side. “As anyone can anticipate, there was certainly an emotional response,” Tucker, told the Ledger Enquirer.
She adds that witnesses to the physicality included assistant principal Eddie Powell and a school resource officer, who allegedly saw Thomas limping did not fill out a report. She also mentions that school officials said that they would call an ambulance, but ended up changing their minds.
In addition, Tucker has remarked that an “inside source” has said that the school has video footage of the incident. She submitted an open records request to the Muscogee County School’s board attorney on Sept. 26, including the video as well as over 50 documents including records of Mosley’s training as well as the rules and regulations for physically restraining students. The school department has responded that they will release the documents when they are collected, but have not mentioned the video.
In a statement, Valerie Fuller, a spokesperson for the Muscogee County School District, mentioned that the school district is currently investigating the matter in order “to determine all of the facts.” Mosley is no longer employed at the school.