LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Parents of a former student at Olmsted Academy North will sue students and school officials after they claim their son was jumped in class.
The boy, identified by the initials B.S. and now in seventh grade at Stuart Middle, had two of his front teeth broken during the incident.
David and April Simmons say in the lawsuit, announced Tuesday, that they had spoken with Olmsted Assistant Principal Ron Cheeks about bullying their son faced last school year, mostly at the hands of two juveniles listed as defendants.
However, they claim their concerns went unresolved. They say their son was jumped and assaulted by the two defendants on May 23 after the teacher, who is also named as a defendant, left the classroom.
“I just got the impression they were more concerned with protecting themselves than actually protecting our son or really any of the other students at the school,” David Simmons said. “They’re much more concerned with keeping the staff at the school protected. After I came to that realization, I felt like JCPS was not listening to us at all.”
Jefferson County Public Schools declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Simmons’ attorney, Teddy Gordon, says this will be the third assault lawsuit he’s filed against Olmsted North in about five years.
“To me and to everybody else that has to attend Olmsted North, it needs to be cleaned up,” Gordon said. “There needs to be security of some kind. Students need to be safe. It is not a safe learning environment.”
Gordon said he met with JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio early in the 2017-18 school year and discussed ways the district can address bullying.
He has proposed a type of restraining order meant to keep students involved in bullying apart, but that idea has gained little traction.
“It should have been in place already, and the violence just continues,” Gordon said.
“I want to go out of business, alright?” he added. “I don’t want anymore bullying cases. I want every child and grandchild to have a safe learning environment.”
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