Lawsuit filed against JCPS: Parents want daughter on sports team

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Posted on March 10, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 10 at 6:47 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Steve and Jenny Martin are taking JCPS to court - the parents say they are fighting for their 10th grade daughter.

“Today, this moment in time, is the last thing we wanted to do as a family,” said Jenny Martin.

Their daughter transferred out of Manual High School this year into Ballard.  The Martins say the transfer was granted because their daughter was being bullied.

“We've handled that. We've got her in a better spot; that's Ballard. She has been successful in moving forward,” said Jenny.
            
The Martins are suing JCPS because they say their daughter is not allowed to play sports at Ballard since she transferred.
            
The Martins and their attorney Teddy Gordon, who has been at the forefront of many suits against JCPS, say after being denied by JCPS they took their case to Kentucky High School Athletic Association and say the 10th grader was granted an exception.

“At this point in time, JCPS - although we've asked - refuse to follow the order of Kentucky High School Athletic Association regarding her eligibility.  They looked at this case and granted her an exemption which doesn't happen very often,” said Teddy Gordon.

JCPS says they will not comment on pending litigation but say the rules are clear: if a JCPS student is granted a transfer, they will be ineligible to participate on any athletic team for one calendar year from the date of the transfer.

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