Hospitalized Huntsville, AL Student Obtains Legal Representation

Steven Franklin, a 15-year old sophomore at Mae Jemison High School in Huntsville, Alabama, was hospitalized with a cracked skull after being “body-slammed” by a school security guard.

After the incident, Franklin had emergency surgery which successfully reduced the swelling in his brain.

While he has spent the last few days at home with his family recovering from his injuries, Franklin is still experiencing side effects from the incident, including swelling, headaches, and loss of memory. Franklin and his family have had to make additional trips to the hospital since his initial release.

They ask that their privacy is respected in this difficult time. However, if anyone has more information about this incident, we ask that they please step forward.

Steven Franklin and his family have obtained legal representation from principal attorney Leila Watson of Cory Watson Attorneys, a nationally recognized personal injury firm based in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ms. Watson and her legal team have been in contact with Huntsville City Schools and local law enforcement. Together, they are working to determine what, if any, training and vetting policies and procedures former Huntsville City Schools contractor EPSCO had in place for school security guards.

“We understand and respect the importance of security guards in schools. However, we are also concerned that EPSCO failed to ensure the safety of these children by placing unqualified security guards on school campuses,” stated Watson. “Our client’s injuries are a product of the very person assigned by EPSCO to protect the students of Mae Jemison High School.”

“It is troubling that a security guard employed by a school contractor like EPSCO would feel it necessary, or okay, to use this kind of excessive force against a 15-year old student.”

Leila Watson is available for additional comments regarding this case. To schedule an interview, contact

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