03 Nov Student’s leg amputated after contractor body-slammed him, lawyer says; police investigatingNovember 3, 2016
By: Kristina Guerra
A 13-year-old student in Georgia was badly injured and lost his leg after a behavioral specialist slammed him to the ground multiple times while at school last month, the boy’s attorney said.
Montravious Thomas’s injuries — which included a fractured tibia, a dislocated knee and permanent nerve damage — were so severe that his right leg had to be amputated weeks after the incident.
“It was certainly an emotional issue for him, and it still is; he’s 13,” the boy’s attorney, Renee Tucker, told The Washington Post. “He was scared with all the surgery. He doesn’t understand what happened and why it happened.”
Police are investigating the Sept. 12 incident at at Edgewood Student Services, an alternative school in the Muscogee County School District in Columbus, Ga. Columbus Police Lt. Consuelo Askew told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Friday that an investigation is underway, though Askew declined to tell the newspaper who is being investigated.
“Hopefully it’s coming to an end soon,” Askew said. “I’ve still got a few interviews to do.”
Tucker, the attorney, said the incident happened shortly before 2 p.m. on Sept. 12.
Because Edgewood Student Services is an alternative school, Montravious was supposed to attend only a few hours of class in the afternoon, Tucker said.
There have been various accounts of how and why the injuries happened.
Tucker said she had heard some stating that Montravious was being disorderly and was swinging something in the classroom. The Ledger-Enquirer cited a police report saying that Bryant Mosley, the behavioral specialist, told an officer he had to physically restrain Montravious due to behavioral issues.
Tucker said that what she knows is that Montravious wanted to leave the classroom to call his mother and have her pick him up. But Mosley refused to let him leave and picked the boy up and slammed him to the ground, Tucker said. Montravious was slammed to the ground two more times, she said.