Attorneys: GA student with amputated leg not emotionally OK, but improving

Attorneys: GA student with amputated leg not emotionally OK, but improving

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Attorneys for the Muscogee County student whose leg was amputated following an incident at school said his condition is improving following surgery, but he is not physically or emotionally OK.

Forrest B. Johnson and Renee Tucker, who represent Montravious Thomas, 13, said he remains hospitalized at Children's Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston following the amputation of his right leg.

Thomas was injured on Sept. 12 at the AIM/Edgewood Student Services Center. His leg had to be amputated on Oct. 19.

After watching a video that captured the incident, Thomas' attorneys say Bryant Mosely, who was contracted by Muscogee County School District through his employer, Behavioral and Mentoring Services, is responsible for the 13-year-old's injuries. They said the video shows Mosely slamming Thomas into the floor five times, not three as previously believed.

Thomas' mother, Lawanda, was not there to see the video; she remains in Atlanta with her son. His attorneys said it was graphic and hard for them to watch.

Aside from Monday's meeting with their counsel, Johnson and Tucker said they have had no previous outside communications with the school district.

School officials said Mosely acted as a part of the MindSet curriculum, which advises using physical restraint if necessary.

In a Sept. 12 incident report filed by Columbus Police Department, Lt. Consuelo Askew said she responded to the incident while assigned as the school's resource officer. She was not on duty at the time.

The narrative says:

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.

Valerie Fuller, the MCSD Director of Communications, said in her last emailed statement on Oct. 28 that the school district would not comment further the ongoing investigation.

The statement also says that Montravious was "up and walking and not in distress" following what the school district is calling "administered restraint."

Robert Poydasheff, the attorney representing Mentoring and Behavioral Services, said in an email that he will not comment on Bryant's current employment status.

On Oct. 23, the website AllOnGeorgia - Muscogee County published a video that allegedly shows Mosely carrying Thomas following the incident.

The statement, in full from MCSD, says:

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.

Johnson and associates say they have not filed suit yet against the school district or Mosely and his employer.

The legal team says their next step is to have Montravious discharged from the hospital and continue to gather information on the incident from the school district.

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