$25 Million Lawsuit Filed Against MCSD After Body-Slammed Teen’s Leg is Amputated

A $25 million lawsuit has been filed by “the mother of a 13 year old boy who had his right leg amputated below the knee after allegedly being body slammed by a contracted behavioral specialist.”  The lawsuit was filed over damages and costs in a personal injury incident and is filed against the Muscogee County School District along with seven other defendants (the school district superintendent of education, the behavioral specialist who allegedly body slammed the teen, the employer of the behavioral specialist, a teacher, a paraprofessional at the school, the assistant principal, and a bus driver).

Renee Tucker, the attorney representing Montravious Thomas and his mother Lawanda Thomas, filed the suit on March 13, 2017.  Montravious started the school year at East Columbus Magnet Academy but had to switch to Edgewood “due to events involving…another student.”  One morning, Montravious was picked up by the school bus, he was later dropped off and was the only student in the classroom.  Montravious was alone “where Malone was his teacher, Fox was the paraprofessional, Mosley was his behavioral specialist and Powell was the assistant principal.”  Montravious wanted to go to the principal’s office to call his mother when Mosley, the behavioral specialist, “physically blocked the doorway” and “initiated the use of multiple violent body-slamming events to prevent him from leaving the classroom,” according to the lawsuit. 

The lawsuit claims that Mosley forced direct pressure on the teen keeping him “down on the floor in the prone position.”  None of the other faculty intervened in the situation.  Montravious told everyone in the room that his leg was injured and that he could not walk, but no medical care was given to the teenager.  He then asked if he could use a phone to call his mom, but “no phone was provided to him,” according to the suit.  They then explained that an ambulance was on its way, however, after time passed they told Montravious he will be sent home on a school bus.  Over an hour after the incident occurred, Montravious was carried to the school bus where the driver did not provide any medical treatment or report of the injury.  

Once Montravious’ mother saw him return home, they rushed to the Midtown Medical Center emergency room where the boy was “diagnosed with a right knee dislocation, right leg vascular injury and fracture of the proximal tibia.” After several procedures to save his right leg, caretakers had to amputate it below the knee on October 18, 2016.  Montravious has not yet returned to school because he, according to Tucker, is “still recovering and still doing physical therapy.”  In addition, the medical costs of his treatment has past $600,000.


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Source: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article138495358.html

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