By Sharon Stevens Education Reporter
Wellston, MO (KSDK) - A Normandy High School security officer is alleged to have injured a student so severely that the teen is hospitalized in critical condition.
The incident happened October 21, and the family of 18-year-old Damontae Woods says school officials told them there was an altercation between the teen and the safety officer.
Woods was rushed to a local hospital, and relatives say he needed open-heart surgery.
His mom invited NewsChannel 5 to see her injured son.
The family and their attorney says Woods was late for school, and was in the hallway with friends when a security guard saw him.
He ran, and the guard chased him outside.
Attorney Bob Herman says the guard threw Woods to the ground and kneed him in the back.
"His heart was ruptured in two pieces and was torn away from the cardiac lining, and this is going to a have a life-long affect on Demontae," said Herman.
"This officer needs to be removed from the school, any school, any police department that he works for, because he doesn't have any idea how much he injures people," said Woods' grandmother, Luella Woods.
The Woods family is considering filing a lawsuit against the district.
Officials with the Normandy School District released the following statement:
"Because information regarding students is protected by federal law, we cannot comment on the matter. However, please be assured that the Normandy School District strives to ensure the safety of all students and staff members."