Lawsuit claims Olmsted Academy North officials did nothing to stop bully
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 12-year-old boy claims he was bullied, knocked unconscious, and Jefferson County Public school officials didn't do anything about it.
The family of the boy filed suit against two officials from Olmsted Academy North claiming they did nothing to stop him from being bullied. The family is also suing the alleged bully.
The boy was a sixth grader in February, when he said he was assaulted and knocked unconscious. The boy told reporters that he still suffers from headaches and pain.
The suit filed by the boy's mother, Shacutte Rickens, claims the family went to assistant principal Ron Cheeks and a counselor identified as "Counselor Bratcher" about the problem with the other student. The family claims the other student, identified as E.B., has a history of violence.
In the suit, the family said it appealed to Cheeks to keep the boys apart, and they say Cheeks promised to handle the alleged bullying.
But the suit claims "Counselor Bratcher" brought the two boys into the same room and told E.B. not to bully the other student and then sent them back to the same class. Soon after the meeting, the suit claims that the boy was assaulted, dropped on his head and had to go to the emergency room.
The boy asked to speak to the media to end a message about his experience.
"I want other kids who are going through problems like I am going through to speak up and tell your parents or other adults that you trust. Maybe they can do something, and it won't end up as bad as it did with me," he said.
"As the kid tried tried to push me down the stairs, I said, 'If you put your hands on me again, I have every right to defend myself.'"
The boy said he tried to get away from the bully.
"As I walked passed him, he pushed me with his shoulder," he said. "I dropped my books on the floor. I pushed him back, and all of a sudden, he pushed me into the metal door frame, and everything went black."
"They didn't even call EMS to come pick him up when he was blacked out," Rickens said. "They called me and my husband instead to come pick him up to take him to the ER where he suffered a concussion."
The mother said she complained to the assistant principal and was told the students would be kept apart. But instead, she said her son and the bully were put in the same classes. The boy's attorney said the incident was caught on camera, and JCPS has the video but won't release it.
"There's a film of it, and they never do anything about it," Attorney Teddy Gordon said.
The boy has since transferred to another school, because he didn't feel safe at Olmsted Academy North. The suit seeks damages for medical expenses, physical and mental pain and suffering and punitive damages.
JCPS does not respond to ongoing lawsuits.
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