Cobb County

Mother says son’s arm was dislocated at Cobb County elementary school

AUSTELL, Ga. — The mother of an elementary school student with special needs, says her son’s arm is dislocated.

She told Channel 2′s Cobb County Bureau Chief Michele Newell she believes it happened at school and now police are involved.

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Jamea McGee feels helpless, as she holds her 8-year-old son. His arm is wrapped in bandages because it’s dislocated.

“Somebody intentionally hurt my son. It’s dislocated in two different spots,” McGee said.

Injuries McGee says she discovered after picking her son up from school, last week.

“I personally have the teacher’s phone number when I reached out to him. He inquired that the chair he sits in could have done that to him,” McGee said.

Mcgee’s son is an eight-year-old student with special needs, at Hendricks Elementary School in Austell.

He has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around.

“It’s just impossible that the chair could have done this to him. He’s in the chair all day. Never had an incident,” McGee explained.


McGee says her son was in so much pain, she had to take him to the hospital.

“They sedated him. They tried to snap it back in place and said they couldn’t completely do that. He is to wear this bandage for a week and go back and get X-rays again,” said

The Austell Police Department is now investigating the school for alleged child abuse.

“It’s unfair. It’s unacceptable and I want answers. I want to know how this happened to my baby who can’t defend himself,” McGee said.

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McGee told Newell her son would not return to this school because she doesn’t feel like he is safe.

Police told Newell they can’t release much information about the case because it involves a child and alleged abuse.

Newell contacted the Cobb County School District on Monday. She received the following statement Tuesday from a district spokesperson:

“Although we cannot comment on specific cases due to student privacy laws, anytime a student or parent feels uncomfortable for any reason, administration immediately investigates to ensure the learning environment is safe.  As we have in this case, we also partner with local law enforcement and DFCS to ensure the continued safety of our students.”


Michele Newell

Michele Newell, WSB-TV

Michele Newell has been part of the WSB-TV family since November 2021. Before moving to Atlanta, Michele worked at TV news stations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Columbus, Ohio and Steubenville, Ohio.

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