A 13-year-old seventh grader underwent leg amputation after his teacher allegedly slammed him several times. Montravious Thomas was left injured last month when his teacher at Edgewood Student Services Center physically restrained him because he attempted to leave the classroom.
According to the family’s lawyer Renee Tucker, the school did not provide the student with medical assistance after the incident. The ailing student was told that he must ride the school bus in order to get home. Upon noticing that he was already limping, the same teacher carried him to the bus.
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The student was airlifted to a hospital in Atlanta after his mother sought help. The family was devastated because results showed severe nerve damages. After undergoing four surgeries, the damage turned out to be irreparable and the doctors were left with no choice but to amputate Thomas’ right leg.
In a statement to the Ledger Enquirer, Tucker blames the school’s negligence.
“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. Then they had him ride in that same school bus home without any support or stabilization of that leg.”
The family believes that Thomas’ leg would have been saved if the school provided medical care after the incident. He will stay for another month at the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta in Egleston where he will have extensive physical therapies.
Tucker praised the Egleston community for doing its best to cheer up an “emotional” Thomas.
“Egleston has done a pretty good job, and he’s getting the idea of a prosthetic in his mind. They’re sending counselors by and showing him pictures of kids still being active (with a prosthetic leg). So he’s getting used to the idea, but it’s still emotional for him. He doesn’t want anyone to look at his leg.”
The contractor involved in the incident is Bryant Mosley. He allegedly “body slammed” the student thrice and at one point, Thomas had his teacher’s weight on top of him. He is reportedly an expert of the MindSet curriculum which specializes in controlling aggressive behavior. Mosley is officially employed by Mentoring and Behavioral Services, a company in Columbus that “specializes in individualizing holistic behavioral approaches to produce a healthy and productive environment that fosters positive growth.”
The student’s mother said that Edgewood’s assistant principal, Eddie Powell, witnessed some parts of the incident. Another school officer allegedly saw Thomas in pain but opted to turn a blind eye.
Edgewood Student Services Center is an alternative school that provides services to students in grades three through 12 who have been temporarily dismissed from their respective schools due to problems in behavior. Thomas was sent there after an altercation with a fellow student. It was his first day at Edgewood when the incident happened. He was supposed to be there for four days.
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Mosley is no longer working for the school but as per a statement from the Muscogee County School District, physical restraint is permitted if the student poses “immediate danger” to others.
“Physical restraint is allowed in Georgia public schools and educational programs in those situations in which the student is an immediate danger to himself or others and the student is not responsive to less intensive behavioral interventions including verbal directives or other de-escalation techniques.”
However, Thomas’ family maintains that the student is not known for being violent and that it was the first time that a teacher had hurt him. Tucker is now determined to obtain videos of the incident that might have been taken by other students.
The school’s investigation is ongoing and while Thomas’ family has not filed charges yet, Tucker said that they would pursue a civil suit once Thomas’ condition has stabilized.
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