Lawsuit against JCPS employees alleges violent bullying - News, Weather & Sports

Lawsuit against JCPS employees alleges violent bullying

Rebecca Hargrove flanked by attorneys (Source: Michael Williams/WAVE 3 News) Rebecca Hargrove flanked by attorneys (Source: Michael Williams/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The grandmother and guardian of a Jefferson County Public Schools student is suing three district employees, claiming they did nothing to stop alleged violent bullying against her grandson.

Rebecca Hargrove claims in the suit that while her grandson was a sixth grade student at Crosby Middle School, he was bullied on a daily basis, called names, punched, tripped, and shoved against a locker. Hargrove also said her grandson, who is identified in the lawsuit as "RS," was thrown down the stairs at school. In addition, when the boy returned to school following a hospitalization, some students told him they'd been happy because they thought he had died. Several other instances of alleged abuse as documented in the lawsuit.

Hargrove's suit says that as a result of the bullying, her grandson was hospitalized for extreme depression and anxiety and was treated at Kosair Children's Hospital for injuries he suffered during an assault.

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Crosby Middle School Principal Michael Kelly, Assistant Principal Jeffrey Marshall and Counselor Diane Elder are named as defendants in the lawsuit. Hargrove said the three of them failed to protect her grandson from harm and should have known their failure to act would result in harm.

The boy now attends a private school, the lawsuit states.

Hargrove is seeking damages that include medical expenses, private school tuition and compensation for pain, suffering and mental anguish.

Click here to read the entire lawsuit.

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