Mom asks courts to help protect son from bullying at school

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 2:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — A Jefferson County mother is asking the courts to force her son’s school to protect him from what she said is continuous bullying.

Bekishia Cosby, whose son attends Olmsted North Middle School, claims teachers and administrative staff are negligent by not protecting her son from being bullied by fellow classmates.

Cosby said she wants the courts to issue a protective order to ensure the staff will watch over her son at school.

Several months ago, Cosby filed a lawsuit against her son's former school, Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  The lawsuit names Thomas Jefferson principal principal, eight other JCPS staff members and nine minors.

A sworn affidavit states the boy, identified as BB, tried to commit suicide last year while at Thomas Jefferson because classmates bullied him for his perceived sexual orientation. According to the affidavit, when BB started at Olmsted the physical threats, name calling, and harassment continued.

The family's attorney said JCPS needs to fully enforce its zero bullying policy, that’s why they want the court issue a protection order. Attorney Ted Gordon said protection for BB would include suspensions and making sure the accused bullies have no contact with BB.

According to court documents, school officials at Olmsted North Middle School said they feel they have worked to stop the alleged bullying from happening. In a sworn affidavit,  Assistant Principal Ryan Rodosky, stated when he approached B.B about the alleged bullying he gave vague statements and only identified one student. Rodosky stated in the court documents that the school did notify Ms. Cosby and  rearranged B.B’s class schedule. Rodosky claims he did check on B.B over a period of three weeks and states B.B indicated everything was fine. According to court documents, Rodosky states in the month of September, Ms. Cosby did call the school saying her son was still being bullied.  Rodosky claims the school looked into the allegations.  

A judge will hear the motion in court Friday at 11 a.m.

 

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