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Restraining order requested for JCPS student sexually assaulted on bus

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Jefferson County Public School leaders are coming under fire after accusations they are not doing enough to protect a student previously abused while in the district's care.

Teddy Gordon, an attorney for the minor Western High School student, requested a restraining order against one of the victim's attackers in circuit court Monday.

The request followed a documented assault in March of 2012, in which six JCPS students are accused of sexually abusing Gordon's client while aboard a school bus.

The Monday's request had been prompted after the victim learned one of her accused attackers had begun attending the same high school--something her counsel worked to avoid.

"We've tried to clear the schools that any of the perpetrators would be in," said Gordon. "We thought Western was clear."

Turns out, it wasn't. One of the victim's attackers had not only been placed at the same high school, but in one of the same classes. In court, JCPS officials claimed to know nothing of a no-contact order.

"A copy was not provided to the school district for whatever reason," said Tyson Gorman, an attorney representing JCPS. "I've been trying to get a copy from Mr. Gordon now for going on three weeks."

"JCPS is not doing what they're supposed to do," said Crystal Bennett, the victim's mother. "When she found out that the little boy was in her class, her grades dropped again."

Bennett's desires for a restraining order went unrealized Monday, as Judge Shaw placed the request under submission instead.

Both sides are expected back in court on January 31 at 1:30 p.m.

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