Lou. attorney files complaint after alleged attack at MTS


by Brooke Hasch


Posted on June 18, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 6:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville attorney filed a formal complaint Wednesday regarding a case of bullying within Jefferson County Public Schools.

Teddy Gordon said bullying has become an epidemic within JCPS, so much so, that it's hard to keep up with the allegations. His latest lawsuit alleges negligent supervision, assault and battery.

The victim was a 16-year-old sophomore at Moore Traditional High School. Natalie Scott said a classmate attacked her last August near her locker, an attack witnessed by both teachers and other students.

"First she had cornered me and that's when she asked me if I had anything to say. I said, 'I want to go home,' and kept walking. She grabbed me by my hair, threw me into the lockers and then ended up picking me up and slamming me on the ground, straddled my right side and started pounding away," Scott said.

Scott said the classmate made a verbal threat to her during a class they shared, and it frightened her enough the teacher allowed her to leave class early. But minutes later, Scott said she was on the ground taking punches from the girl.

Scott said the school failed to stand by its zero tolerance policy regarding bullying. She said it handed down a 10-day suspension to her alleged attacker, who continued to make threats toward her after the attack.

"I want to have it stopped right then and there. I don't want it to continue and get too far, which is what happened this time because no one spoke up for myself," Scott said.

Weeks after the attack, Scott made the decision to remove herself from the school and transferred to another high school in the district.

"This is all about public awareness. I think the Louisville community needs to know JCPS is not holding up the policy it has in place. It's all words and no show. I think the parents need to know JCPS is not following their words with action," Susan Jones, Scott's mother, said.

JCPS said the district will not comment on pending litigation.

Click here for a list of JCPS bullying cases as of June 17.