Parents react to video of daughter being restrained by officer at JCPS school
A substitute teacher is suing JCPS claiming she was fired after recording a security officer restraining a student. Now the parents of the student say they plan a lawsuit as well saying their daughter was mistreated.
LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) - A substitute teacher is suing JCPS, claiming she was fired after recording a security officer restraining a student.
Now the parents of the student say they plan a lawsuit as well, saying their daughter was mistreated.
“It happened October the 16th," Eva Jackson said.
She’s talking about the security officer at Noe Middle School who restrained her 12-year-old daughter, Kaleasha Thurston.
"She threw her to the ground, she choked her and she also tripped her," Jackson said.
Kaleasha's parents didn't even know the video existed until last week.
"I was upset and I was disturbed, because an adult should not be able to do that to your child," Jackson said.
“I don't like that video ... something needs to be done with the school, the board or something you know?" said Kaleasha’s father, Jason Thurston.
The incident was caught on camera by substitute teacher Lisa Clinton-Garces.
Clinton-Garces says it happened in a room for in-school suspension, and that the security officer used excessive force even though the child was not out of control.
"The student wasn't trying to attack the security officer. She was just trying to get away from the type of restraint, because it was excessive," Clinton-Garces said. "The student even says 'I can't breathe.'"
"She straightened back my arms and threw me on the ground, and I couldn't breathe for a minute," Kaleasha said. "And she said you could breathe, but I couldn't."
Clinton-Garces said a JCPS administrator told her to delete the video if she ever wanted to work in the district again.
But after calling Child Protective Services because she was concerned for the student, Garces says she was fired.
She's now suing JCPS for back pay and asking to be re-instated.
"She was doing the right thing," Jackson said.
Kaleasha's parents are thankful the substitute didn't delete the video.
"I think she's an angel, and I would like to talk to her and tell her thank you so much from the bottom of my heart," Jackson said.
"Because if she didn't film this, this stuff would keep going on in schools and it could get worse."
Kaleasha's parents say they will talk to the district on Tuesday and may even sue.
As for the substitute involved, JCPS says it does not comment on pending litigation.
A district spokesperson says Clinton-Garces is still an active sub, but she hasn't been assigned any work since that day.
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