Video of teen who lost leg differs from school’s version of events

Video appears to show that a teenager was carried out of a Columbus school after an alleged incident that led to his right leg being amputated, Channel 2 Action News reported.

This is apparently at odds with a statement issued Friday by the Muscogee County School District, which said that 13-year-old teen loses leg Montravious Thomas “was up and walking and not in distress,” the station reported.

Thomas' right leg was amputated below the knee last week at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston as a result of the alleged September incident at an alternative school.

“Oh, I was very angry about that,” Thomas’ mother, Lawanda Thomas, told Channel 2. “When I seen the video of them walking him out and the teacher smiling on the camera also. I was too hurt about that.”

The student was injured when he was “thrown to the floor” multiple times by a contract employee, Bryant Mosley, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Part of Thomas’ broken tibia severed veins that provided blood flow to his foot, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

Mosley is no longer associated with the school district, spokeswoman Valerie Fuller said.

Lawanda Thomas said no one from the school ever called for an ambulance, or reached out to her about the incident. She found out when her son got home, and she took him to the hospital, Channel 2 reported.

The alleged incident happened when the boy was trying to leave the classroom for the main office so he could call his mother to pick him up, said Renee Tucker, attorney for the Thomas family. Mosley allegedly stopped the boy and slammed him to the floor to prevent him from leaving. The student said he was thrown to the floor a second time when he tried to leave again.

The district said that Mosley used state-approved guidelines for restraint.