Boy says he’ll lose his leg after being body-slammed by teacher
A 13-year-old boy who said he was “thrown to the floor” multiple times by his teacher will have his leg amputated as a result.
The student, Montravious Thomas, was attending his first day of school at Edgewood Student Services Center in Columbus, Ga., on Sept. 12 when behavioural specialist Bryant Mosley had to “physically retain” him due to “behavioural issues,” a Columbus Police Department report says.
However, Renee Tucker, a lawyer for the boy and his family, told the News & Observer the boy was body-slammed to the floor by the teacher who was trying to stop him from leaving the classroom. They claim he was thrown to the floor a second time when he tried to leave again.
After the incident the boy complained that his leg was numb. School officials initially told the boy they would call an ambulance but later decided not to, the lawyer claims. Instead, the teacher carried the student to the school bus and sent him home without notifying his family.
The boy was enrolled in the Muscogee County School District’s AIM program for students temporarily removed from their assigned schools because of behaviour problems.
“We extend our thoughts and prayers to our student who is undergoing medical treatment and to his family,” Valerie Fuller, director of communications for the Muscogee County School District responded in an email to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
“We are committed to conducting a thorough review of the alleged incident at the AIM Student Services Center to determine all of the facts.”
The boy’s lawyer told the News & Observer the child will need counselling as well as physical therapy.
“As anyone can anticipate there was certainly an emotional response,” the lawyer said. “I mean, the fact that now it’s led to an amputation just signifies the degree of force that was used with regard to our client, particularly (the teacher) body-slamming him three different times.”
No charges have been laid in the incident, but the family is planning on filing a lawsuit for an undetermined amount of money.