This is absolutely awful.
Last month, 13-year-old Montravious Thomas was in a classroom at Edgewood Student Services Center in Columbus, Georgia when one of the program’s “behavioral specialists” allegedly threw him to the ground.
According to family lawyer Renee Tucker, the teen was leaving the classroom to call his mom from the office so he could get picked up.
That’s when Renee says the specialist, Bryant Mosley, slammed the student to the ground. She claims this happened multiple times, when Montravious kept trying to leave the room.
She told WTVM:
“And from what we understand Montravious was the only student in the classroom the afternoon of this particular occurrence.”
Mosley must have thrown Thomas pretty hard. The damage was so severe that on Tuesday, the poor kid had his leg amputated.
In the past month, he had undergone four surgeries at Eagleton Children’s Hospital, but AllOnCandler reported that doctors couldn’t restore the blood flow to his limb.
Renee opened up about the upsetting amputation, telling the Ledger-Enquirer:
“As anyone can anticipate there was certainly an emotional response. I mean, the fact that now it’s led to an amputation just signifies the degree of force that was used with regard to our client, particularly (the teacher) body-slamming him three different times.”
At the time of the incident, Bryant told Columbus Police Department Lt. Consuelo Askew that he had held down the child because of “behavioral issues.”
Askew said in the CPD report:
“On September 12, 2016, at around 1350 hours I, Lieutenant Consuelo Askew was working a part time job at the AIM program located at 3538 Forrest Road, when I was called to room 109. Upon arrival at room 109, Mr. Bryant Mosley (behavioral specialist) advised me that he had to physically restrain a student, Montravious Thomas due to behavioral issues.”
Montravious is currently enrolled in Muscogee County School District‘s AIMProgram for students who violated behavioral rules at their assigned schools.
Renee slammed Bryant’s reasoning, saying:
“I don’t think there’s any explanation that a teacher can give as to why he didn’t want him to go to the administrative office to call his mother.”
Plus, Miz Tucker explained that assistant principal Eddie Powell witnessed at least one of the takedowns, and says a resource officer also saw the boy limping afterward.
But what’s even more upsetting is the attorney says school officials promised to call Montravious an ambulance, but then decided against it.
Instead, Mr. Mosley carried him to a school bus and didn’t even tell the family what happened. And, Renee says all this happened after Montravious told officials that his leg was numb:
“They placed an injured student on the school bus. 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.”
Muscogee County School District Director of Communications Valerie Fuller issued this statement about the allegedly altercation on Tuesday, saying:
“We extend our thoughts and prayers to our student who is undergoing medical treatment and to his family. We are committed to conducting a thorough review of the alleged incident at the AIM/Edgewood Student Services Center to determine all of the facts. The person involved in the alleged incident at AIM/Edgewood Student Services Center is not an employee of the Muscogee County School District.
Bryant Mosley was provided by Mentoring and Behavioral Services, a contract service provider, to the Muscogee County School District. 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.
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.
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.
We will continue the thorough review of the incident to determine all of the facts and to make any necessary recommendations because the safety of all students and all employees is [a] priority.”