Foster Elementary student in lawsuit over alleged bullying to transfer schools
The student’s mother, Joy Furman, agreed to withdraw an earlier request for a restraining order against another student at the school at 1401 S. 41st St. who Furman says has bullied and attacked her daughter, according to an order filed Wednesday with Jefferson Circuit Judge James Shake.
Ted Gordon, Furman’s attorney, would not name the school to which Furman’s daughter will transfer. The transfer is effective Monday.
Jefferson County Public Schools will provide transportation for Furman’s daughter, who will attend the new school next year too, the order said.
But Gordon said he’ll continue to seek damages for a “horrific karate chop to her chest” that Gordon says the child endured. The initial complaint names the parents of the alleged bullying student, who is identified only by his initials; two Foster Elementary teachers; and the principal.
In a statement Wednesday, the school district said that on Tuesday, Furman “for the first time tendered a valid transfer request which will be granted in the ordinary course,” negating the need for a court hearing Wednesday.
The school district’s statement added it would “vigorously contest the allegations of the original complaint as the case continues.”
Furman had preferred to transfer her daughter to Whitney Young Elementary, but the child was not admitted, Gordon said. Tyson Gorman, a JCPS attorney, said in a letter that that was because Young Elementary is a districtwide magnet school and the application period for this school year had closed.
Gordon said he was pressing JCPS to enforce rules against bullying, which he said were not being followed.
“Enforce your rules, school by school by school,” Gordon said at a news conference.
Gorman, however, said in an interview later that the school district has policies on bullying and is “doing a good job” enforcing them.
In a statement, Furman said: “I am relieved that my daughter is now finally safe. And I hope that no other child has to go through what my 9-year-old child had to endure over this past year.”