A black Georgia teenager had to have his leg amputated five weeks after a behavioral specialist working at his school allegedly threw him to the floor several times and then denied him medical treatment, the Ledger-Enquirer reports.
As Raw Story reports, the 13-year-old, identified as Montravious Thomas, underwent amputation Tuesday.
Montravious was allegedly body-slammed repeatedly by behavioral specialist Bryant Mosley on Sept. 12 at an alternative school in Muscogee County, Ga. Montravious was enrolled in an alternative program, known by the acronym AIM, after being temporarily removed from East Columbus Middle School for unspecified violations of behavior rules, Raw Story reports.
Attorney Renee Tucker, representing Montravious and his mother, said that the family learned about the need for the amputation last weekend.
“As anyone can anticipate, there was certainly an emotional response,” Tucker told the Ledger-Enquirer, adding that the teen will probably need counseling as well as physical therapy. “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 school employee] body-slamming him three different times.”
Tucker said the boy’s mother also lost her job at a temporary agency because she had to spend so much time by her child’s side.
“As anyone can anticipate, it’s not the fault of any employer,” Tucker said. “But when you’re an employee and you’re not able to make it to work, you’re not able to maintain a position.”
“They placed an injured student on the school bus,” said Tucker, adding that the boy told officials that his leg was numb on Oct. 13. “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.”