A 13-year-old who claimed that he was slammed to the floor by his teacher had his leg amputated Tuesday as a result of the Sept. 12 incident.
Attorney Renee Tucker said that the student found out about the amputation over the weekend at the Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, where he is still being treated and noted that the student would likely need to undergo emotional and well as physical therapy.
“As anyone can anticipate there was certainly an emotional response,” said Tucker. “I mean, the fact that now it’s led to an amputation just signifies the degree of force that was used with regard to our client, particularly (the teacher) body-slamming him three different times.”
According to Tucker, the boy was slammed to the ground by a teacher at Edgewood Student Services Center when he tried to leave to go to the main office to call his mother to pick him up. The student was limping after being slammed to the floor twice, and although school officials said that they would call an ambulance, they did not and instead allowed the teacher involved to pick him up and carry him to the bus without telling his mother what had happened.
“They placed an injured student on the school bus,” said Tucker. “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.”
The incident is still being investigated.