Cobb Schools Investigate Special-Needs Student's Fall

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. - A metro Atlanta woman is blaming an incident on a school bus for putting her son in a wheelchair.

Twelve-year-old special-needs student Jehmiah Mitchell's leg was broken in three places. According to the Cobb County School district, Mitchell and another student were fighting as the bus pulled into the Bishops Run subdivision.

"And then, she pushed me off the bus and then, my ankle broke," Mitchell told Channel 2's Linda Stouffer.

His mother, Kenndra Mitchell-Derico, said the problem has been building for a while.

"I would give the bus driver the benefit of the doubt had I not known my child was bullied on the bus for months," said Mitchell-Derico.

Mitchell-Derico said the driver left her son after the fall. The family complained to administrators at Garrett Middle School, who showed them a bus camera video of the confrontation.

"She charges him with both hands. That's visible on the tape, and then they cut it off. They said you can't see anything else," Mitchell-Derico said.

The school district said the incident is under investigation. They want to make sure protocol was followed.

"The school district is reviewing the incident and will respond appropriately, in accordance with the policies of the board of education," said a Cobb Schools representative in an email.