FAIRBURN, Ga. - A Fairburn family says a school resource officer beat its son on a school bus and the family members say they've got the video to prove it.
The video shows Daijuan Taylor, 16, sitting at the back of the bus. According to a Fulton County Schools police report, Officer Larry McColley yells for Taylor to get off the bus, but Taylor doesn't move.
"My heart was heavy. I was very shocked and disappointed in the manner in which he was handled on the bus by the officer," said Maurinda Scales, Daijuan's mother. "I’m angry, I mean I just feel like the whole situation was inappropriate and the other staff members on the bus, no one came to diffuse the situation.”
The report says, the officer demanded Taylor get off the bus because he swore at the assistant principal, and refused to line up before he got on the bus. But his mother says the report is full of lies.
It also says Daijaun stood up to the officer with his fist balled. She's hired an attorney.
"I'd never seen anything like this before," said attorney Musa Ghanayem
And last month they filed a lawsuit against the Fulton County board of education.
"I’d never seen an officer come in unprovoked and do what he did to a 16-year-old boy," Ghanayem said.
A Fulton County Board of Education spokesperson told Huddleston that McColley no longer works with the Fulton County Board of Education and they cannot comment on pending legal matters.
Scales says what she wants is justice for Daijaun.
"To get his name cleared. He was not at fault, he did not do anything," Scales said.
Daijuan was charged with assault in the incident and was expelled from school. He's now getting a GED.
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