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MCSD releases 2nd statement on alleged Columbus student school incident

Edgewood Student Services Center. (Source: WTVM) Edgewood Student Services Center. (Source: WTVM)
Thirteen year old Montravious Thomas had his leg amputated below the knee on Oct. 19. (Source: WTVM) Thirteen year old Montravious Thomas had his leg amputated below the knee on Oct. 19. (Source: WTVM)
The person involved in the alleged incident at AIM/Edgewood Student Services Center is not an employee of the Muscogee County School District. (Source: WTVM) The person involved in the alleged incident at AIM/Edgewood Student Services Center is not an employee of the Muscogee County School District. (Source: WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Muscogee County School District has released a second statement regarding the alleged assault of a 13-year-old student by a behavioral specialist.

The law firm representing Montravious Thomas' family claim that Bryant Mosley, listed as a behavioral specialist at AIM/Edgewood Student Services Center, slammed him into the floor on his first day of school on Monday, Sept. 12.

Muscogee County School District’s Director of Communications, Valerie Fuller, sent News Leader 9 the following update:

“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. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  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. 

Witnesses indicate that the child was up and walking and not in distress following the administered restraint. In addition, multiple attempts to contact the parent at the phone number(s) provided to the school were unsuccessful on September 12, 2016, the date of the incident.”

Due to his injuries, the 13-year-old boy had to have his leg amputated below the knee on Oct. 19 at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta.

[RELATED: Mother of Columbus student with amputated leg following alleged altercation wants justice for son]

According to Renee Tucker of Forest B. Johnson and Associates, the legal firm representing the family of Montravious Thomas, witnesses inside the classroom did not assist the child.

"We recently obtained the available Columbus Police Department incident report and as our client initially told us, there was an assistant principal in the room by the name of Eddie Powell. There were two witnesses in that incident report identified as Phyllis Fox and Zehra Malone. We don't know the exact relationship with them but we would presume that they do have some affiliation by virtue of employment or an agency with the Muscogee County School District."

The attorney for the family of Thomas says they had initially asked for $5 million when his leg was injured, but now that dollar amount will grow since his leg had to be amputated.

Stay with us for more on this developing story.

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