A teenage boy from Columbus, Georgia, will have his right leg amputated today after a teacher allegedly body-slammed him to the floor three times, causing nerve damage.
Montravious Thomas, 13, was attending Edgewood Student Services Center on September 12 when Bryant Mosley ‘had to physically restrain a student… due to behavioral issues,’ a Columbus Police Department report said.
But an attorney representing Thomas and his mother says Mosley repeatedly threw the boy to the ground then sent him home without medical attention or telling his mom, The Ledger-Enquirer reported.
Thomas was attending the AIM program, which hosts children who have been temporarily removed from their regular schools due to disruptive behavior, when the incident happened.
It was his first day at the program, according to WTVM.
According to Renee Tucker, who represents Thomas and his mom Lawanda, the boy was trying to leave class to call his mom when Mosley, a behavioral specialist, stopped him.
Mosley then threw him to the floor for an ‘unknown reason,’ Tucker said, and did it again when the boy tried to leave again.
Tucker also claims that Eddie Powell, the assistant principal, saw the violence at one point, an that a school resource officer saw Thomas limping away but didn’t help or file a report.
The attorney also says that the school talked about calling for an ambulance, but then decided against it, and that Mosley then put the boy on a bus home without calling his family.
‘We don’t know the extent that the injuries were worsened by the failure to render aid and certainly by picking him up and seating him on the school bus,’ Tucker told the Leger-Enquirer
‘Then they had him ride in that same school bus home without any support or stabilization of that leg.’
The boy’s mom took him to a Columbus hospital when he got home. He was then airlifted to an Atlanta hospital.
Since then, he has undergone four surgeries AllOnColumbus reported. Lawanda Thomas spent as much time with her son as she could – to the point that she lost her job.
But on Sunday the 13-year-old was told that the nerve damage was so severe, his leg would have to be amputated.
‘My client is certainly aware of the situation and naturally he’s emotional,’ Ticker told AllOnColumbus.
‘Doctors talked to him and his mother on Sunday and told him they were having to take his leg since they were unable to improve the flow of blood to his lower leg.
‘Right now we are all concerned for his long-term health.’
The family will be pursuing a lawsuit, Tucker said, and that early filing notices put the figure at $5million.
A police report filed at the time cited ‘behavioral issues’ as the reason for Mosley having to ‘physically restrain’ the boy, according to WTVM.
And in a statement to the press, Muscogee County School District director of communications Valerie Fuller cited safety issues for the altercation.
‘It is our understanding that there were issues concerning the safety of the child and others in the room, which called for the use of restraint per state guidance,’ she said.
She added that ‘physical restraint’ is allowed in Georgia schools if ‘the student is an immediate danger to himself or others and (they are) not responsive to less intensive behavioral interventions including verbal directives or other de-escalation techniques.’
There were no other children in the room at the time, Tucker said.
The attorney also says that an insider has told her there is video footage of the alleged assault and has filed an open records request to see it.
Fuller also appeared to distance the district from Mosley, saying that he was not hired directly by them.
‘Bryant Mosley was provided by Mentoring and Behavioral Services, a contract service provider, to the Muscogee County School District,’ she said in her statement.
‘Mr Mosley is not presently providing services to the Muscogee County School District.
‘Mr Mosley is specifically trained in MindSet curriculum, a system of preventing and managing aggressive behavior, and Georgia restraint requirements.’
The teacher is no longer working at the school, Fuller said, although it isn’t known when that decision was made.
Mentoring and Behavioral Services’ (MBS) website says that it provides Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, and behavioral services in Columbus and Phenix City.
The site says it is a ‘client focused organization that specializes in individualizing holistic behavioral approaches to produce a healthy and productive environment that fosters positive growth.’
It says that it follows the ‘wholesome values’ including compassion, caring, honesty and integrity.
It is currently ‘accepting clients between the ages of 2-18 that have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum.’
When asked whether Bryant was still employed by MBS, Dailymail.com was directed to the company’s Rob Poydasheff, who declined to comment.
‘At this point, we are still in the early stages of investigating the events which occurred and I have advised my client not to comment or speculate on the matter until we have completed our investigation,’ he wrote.
‘We are certainly very concerned for Montravious and our hearts go out to him. He and his family are in our thoughts as prayers.’
Bryant has not been charged with any crimes related to the incident, according to WTVM.