An attorney for a 13-year-old Georgia student said Wednesday that his right left was amputated below the knee stemming from an incident with a former school contract worker.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the student was injured in a September incident when he was allegedly thrown to the floor multiple times by an employee at the Edgewood Student Services Center, where the boy was enrolled in an alternative program for children with behavior issues.
Renee Tucker, the boy’s attorney, said that the boy will likely stay at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where the amputation took place, for at least another month.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the alleged incident happen when the boy was leaving his classroom to go to the main office so he could call his mom to pick him up, Tucker said. The contract worker stopped the boy and slammed him to the floor. The student said he was thrown to the floor a second time when he tried to leave again.
Tucker told The Ledger-Enquirer that the boy’s leg was severely injured, but no medical aid was given to her client. He said the school was initially going to call for an ambulance, but decided against it. The worker then carried him to the school bus and sent him home without notifying his family of what took place, Tucker said.
“They placed an injured student on the school bus,” Tucker said. “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.”
She added that the teen told officials that he felt his leg was numb.
“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,” the Muscogee County School District said in a statement. “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.”
The school said the person doesn’t work for the district anymore.
Tucker said she was told by an “inside source” that there was footage of the incident and that she submitted an open records request to the school board to obtain the video and 50 other documents.