Louisville, KY — Here’s a relatively new practice that will undoubtedly scare the crap out of every public school system in the United States, depending on the outcome.

A mother in Kentucky has hired a lawyer and sued the public school system her daughter attends, while also filing a restraining order against the 9-year-old boy accused of bullying her.

Joy Furman’s daughter is a fourth-grader at Foster Traditional Academy who, she claims, has been tormented by a fellow classmate for the last two years. According to Furman, her daughter has suffered harassment, threats, and an incident last year when the boy allegedly karate kicked her daughter in the chest during recess.

The school ended up placing the girl into a different classroom than the boy accused of bullying her, but this year the school put them back together in the same classroom where the bullying has reportedly began again. Because of this, Furman hired attorney Teddy Gordon to sue two teachers, the school’s principal, and the young boy’s parents. She is also seeking a 500-foot protection order against the boy.

“We want to make sure the school does what it’s supposed to do, which is keep all of our children, especially this young little lady, safe in a school setting. Free of bullying and intimidation and threats and if they won’t do it we hope the court system will,” says Gordon.

Gordon, who wants the student assignment plan used by Jefferson County public schools taken down, is also seeking financial compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.

“We asked for a transfer of the school, it was all denied,” Gordon says.  “It’s very sad. It is a systemic problem in JCPS and instead of solving the problem they make it worse.”

Representatives for JCPS said that the protection order is the first they’ve heard regarding the girl being bullied since the issue last year, and say they do have anti-bullying policies in place.

“There are a lot of different things we do to work with bullying cases.  Sometimes it’s as simple as moving the kids to opposite ends of the classroom. A lot of times we work it out between the two children and the two families,” said Jack Jacobs of JCPS.

I’m not sure how I feel about this, to be honest. I don’t think any good will come out of it and will only serve to hurt public school systems overall. If this lawsuit is successful, I foresee every ambulance chasing lawyer starts advertising for parents of the victims of bullying looking for some financial compensation — whether their claims are true or not.

If the school has blatantly ignored this girl’s bullying complaints, then ok, I get it. Maybe. But this Gordon fella seems to have a really large ax to grind regarding JCPS, and looks to be using this young girl as a whetstone. I hope that’s not the case, but I’ve never met a lawyer with scruples, or one who gave a shit about our children’s safety in a classroom setting.

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