A 13-year-old student reportedly had his right leg amputated on Oct. 18 because of injuries he sustained after allegedly being "thrown to the floor" by a behavioral specialist at the Edgewood Student Services Center on Sept. 12 in Columbus, Georgia (video below).
A Columbus Police Department report identified the behavioral specialist as Bryant Mosley, reports WTVM.
Renee Tucker, the boy's lawyer, referred to the behavioral specialist as a teacher during an interview with 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."
According to Tucker, the boy was enrolled in the Muscogee County School District’s AIM program at the center, which is a program for students with behavioral violations at other schools.
Tucker recalled that the boy was attempting to leave a classroom to call his mother from the main office, so that she could pick him up.
Tucker said the teacher stopped the boy for reasons unknown, and proceeded to slam him to the floor more than once.
According to Tucker, assistant principal Eddie Powell witnessed part of the incident, and a school resource officer did not file a report or help the boy.
Tucker also alleged that school officials informed the student that they would call for an ambulance, but decided not to:
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.
According to Tucker, an unidentified "inside source" told her there is video of the incident, so she made an open records request to the Muscogee County School’s lawyer on Sept. 26.
Tucker also requested documentation regarding the teacher’s training, personnel records of the teacher and assistant principal, school rules for physically restraining students, regulations on school bus transportation and rules about giving aid to students.
Tucker says the boy and his mother plan to file a lawsuit.
Muscogee County School District Director of Communications Valerie Fuller released a statement on Oct. 18, notes WTVM:
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 priority.
Bryant has not been criminally charged or issued a statement.