Family sues JCPS over transfer of daughter after incident on bus

Family sues JCPS over transfer of daughter after incident on bus
Phoenix O'Neal said she was trying to protect her classmates, not harm them.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The family of a Jefferson County Public Schools student suspended for possessing a gun on a school bus is now suing the district.

Phoenix O’Neal, a former sophomore at Male High School, said she briefly took the gun from another student in October to diffuse the situation, and did not put other students in danger.

But JCPS saw it differently, suspending O’Neal for 10 days and transferring her from Male to Minor Daniels, an alternative school.

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The lawsuit claims she cannot get a quality education at Minor Daniels, and that the school is not safe.

The family is appealing the transfer, but in the meantime, O’Neal has not been going to any school.

She wants to return to Male.

“We’ve discussed homeschooling and looked at some different options there,” Amber Edmondson, O’Neal’s mother, said. “One of the parts of homeschooling is I would have to place an order -- I would have to send a letter to JCPS actually taking her out of JCPS. And I don’t know what that would play into as far as the process that we’re doing with the appeals and whatnot.”

JCPS doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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