A 13-year-old boy had one of his legs amputated after a contractor at a Georgia school “body slammed” him last month.
According to CNN, Montravious Thomas was injured in September after Bryant Mosley, an employee at Edgewood Student Services Center, “body slammed” him three times when Thomas tried to leave the classroom to call his mother.
The family’s attorney Renee Tucker recently told CNN that after the incident, the school failed to give the teen medical care and even lied to Thomas, telling him an ambulance was on its way, but later made him take a bus home. When officials saw that he couldn’t walk to the bus on his own, the same contractor lifted him over his shoulder and placed him on the bus. Later that night, Thomas’ mother took her son to the ER who was later airlifted to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Doctors performed several surgeries to try to restore the blood flow to the teen’s right leg before having to perform the amputation, CNN noted.
Tucker stresses that had the school provided immediate medical attention, her client would still have his leg.
School officials said that Mosley is no longer providing services to the school district but that physical restraint in their state is legal and that witnesses said the teen was OK after the altercation.
“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,” they said is a statement.
“Witnesses indicate that the child was up and walking and not in distress following the administered restraint,” they added.
The school later told CNN saying, “We are certainly very concerned for Montravious and our hearts go out to him. He and his family are in our thoughts as prayers.”
Meanwhile, the attorney said the family has yet to file charges or any lawsuits, but they plan on filing a civil suit in the near future.