A student at East Columbus Magnet Academy will have his leg amputated following a physical altercation with a teacher. Montravious Thomas, 13, was allegedly body slammed by behavioral specialist Bryant Mosley while taking part in a program for troubled students.
The incident occurred on September 12 in the Edgewood Student Services Center in Columbus, Georgia. It was Thomas’s first day at the school and he was the only student in the classroom, Thomas’s attorney, Renee Y. Tucker, said.
While in class, Thomas tried to leave the classroom to go call his mother in the main office. When he attempted to leave, Mosley picked him up and slammed him to the ground several times.
According to Mosley, Thomas was exhibiting behavior issues which prompted him to use physical restraints. During the incident, a working lieutenant was called into the room. He gave a statement afterward.
“On Sept. 12, 2016, at around 1350 hours, I, Lt. Consuelo Askew was working a part time job at the AIM program located at 3538 Forest Road, when I was called to Room 109,” Askew wrote in the report. “Upon arrival at room 109, Mr. Bryant Mosley (Behavioral Specialist) advised me that he had to physically restrain a student due to behavioral issues.”
After the physical altercation, Mosley took Thomas to the school bus and put him on it without notifying his family of the incident.
“They placed an injured student on the school bus,” said Tucker. “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.”
After the incident, Thomas complained that his leg felt numb and was in severe pain. As a result, the Georgia student has undergone four different surgeries on his injured leg. On Sunday morning, doctors informed Thomas and his mother that they would need to amputate his leg.
Tucker feels the proper protocol for handling a child with behavioral issues was not performed when it came to her client. The attorney said they plan to file a lawsuit based on how the student was inappropriately restrained and the apparent absence of medical aid.