“We can’t discuss ongoing or pending legal matters,” a district spokesperson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Mosely has not filed a lawsuit against the school district, according to his legal team. In the course of gathering evidence for the warrant application hearing, the attorneys subpoenaed video footage from the bus, but the hearing was centered only on the criminal charges against Tebbens.
In a phone call with the AJC, Mosely said it was difficult to get the school district’s police department to take a formal statement about the incident. Despite going to the school the day his son was allegedly assaulted, he said he was shunted from one school district department to another for months.
Mosely said the resource officer at Lewis Elementary would not record a formal complaint, and he was told by officials at the district’s transportation department that video from the bus did not show the interaction between Tebbens and his son. He said he later found out they were viewing the wrong footage.
Mosely was tearful after the magistrate judge ruled to issue the warrant for Tebbens’ arrest, according to his lawyers.
“It took so much for us to get to this point of accountability and I promised my son I would protect him, so it’s all been emotional,” Mosely said in a statement.
Mosely and his lawyers have questioned whether the Cobb school district handled the case differently because the student is Black while Tebbens is white.
“I do wonder if the races were reversed if it would have been this hard,” Mosely said.
“It’s difficult for me to fathom a scenario where a Black bus driver grabs and assaults a (10-year-old) white child and there are not immediate and severe consequences,” Mosely’s attorney, Mawuli Davis, said in a statement.
Since the incident in 2019, Tebbens has continued in his employment with the school district, according to online salary records.
— Staff writer Alexis Stevens contributed to this article.