• Mother seeks justice for beaten son

    By: Ryan Young


    ATLANTA - Serena McNabb said her ninth-grade son Emanuel was beaten so badly he needed immediate medical attention.

    "Several blood vessels in his eyes are busted," she said. "You can see it."

    She said she wants help getting justice brought to those who put Emanuel in the hospital.

    "I don't know what the future holds for my son," she said. "He didn't deserve it. He was in class."

    McNabb showed Channel 2 Action News the back of her son's head and described how a teacher came to his class to ask about a stolen cellphone.

    "The teacher came to my son's classroom and asked the teacher could he speak to my son?" she said. "And he took him to the hallway where there was another student standing there with him."

    A 12th-grade student accused McNabb's son of stealing a cellphone and Emanuel said he didn't have the phone.

    "This is an Atlanta public school teacher that brought this danger to him," she said. "He didn't follow protocol. He didn't follow standards – no excuse."

    McNabb said Emanuel was chased down between classes.

    "My son was screaming out, 'I don't have ya'll phone. I don't have ya'll phone,'" she said. "And they hit him and he folded up. That's when they proceeded to hit him on top of his head until his head burst open like a melon. And he was lying on the floor unconscious in a pool of his own blood."

    Emanuel spent time in the hospital.

    McNabb said she is angry about how the school responded to the situation, telling her no one hurt Emanuel and he fell down.

    There has been an arrest, but Atlanta Public School officials said they could not comment because it is an ongoing investigation.

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