Mother of injured Jemison High School student gets attorney

Mother of injured Jemison High School student gets attorney
(Source: WAFF 48 News)
Steven Franklin (Source: Go Fund Me)
Steven Franklin (Source: Go Fund Me)
(Source: WAFF 48 News)
(Source: WAFF 48 News)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Huntsville mother whose son was severely injured at Jemison High School is now pursuing legal options.

It's the latest development in the story that's made headlines all week.

As Steven Franklin recovers from head injuries at home in Huntsville, his family is getting help from attorneys who specialize in personal injury.

Video shot by students shows the 15-year-old unconscious after he was forced to the concrete outside the school by a contracted campus security officer during a fight, fracturing the sophomore's skull.

It's been a emotional roller coaster for family and friends like LaToya McKinney and her stepson who was there when the incident happened Monday.

"To find out that one of the guys had been hurt at school and to that extent, those are some serious injuries that this child has sustained.That's awful. No one wants that phone call," McKinney said.

Steven Franklin needed emergency surgery and spent several days in intensive care before being released from the hospital on Thursday. He's dealing with some memory loss following the incident and will have a long recovery.

At her home on Friday, the teen's mother said the entire ordeal has been very hard on their family. She declined an interview and referred WAFF to her lawyer, who's with a big law firm out of Birmingham, Cory Watson.

The attorney working with the family also declined an interview, but says they're currently in the "fact-gathering" stage. It's not clear yet if they're going to file a lawsuit.

"My son was very close to the fight as it was happening so it could have very easily been him," McKinney said. "You can tell that the young man who was severely injured was not the aggressive one in the situation."

Members of the Board of Education for Huntsville City Schools weighed in on what happened at Jemison High School this week, including Michelle Watkins who represents District 1.

"It's concerning whenever a student gets hurt, whether it's the security guard's fault or the student's fault or a fight between students. It's always concerning when it's about students." she stated.

Elisa Ferrell, school board president, said footage captured by security cameras at the school has been turned over to Huntsville police, who continue to investigate the case as an assault.

"The Huntsville Police Department has all of the video," Ferrell said.

The contracted campus security officer works for Epsco, Inc. He has been removed from all of the school system's campuses, according to Ferrell. Calls to Epsco to inquire about his employment status have not yet been returned.

"This mother needs to know what's going to happen to this man who has severely injured, almost killed her child. He could have been gone,' LaToya McKinney said. "I would be looking to have some sort of justice served for my son, whether it be pressing charges or finding a lawyer to file a lawsuit. I would be doing that but I can't say what she is doing at this moment."

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