The mother of a former Watterson Elementary School second-grader has sued the school’s principal and the Jefferson County Board of Education, alleging the boy was sexually assaulted on his school bus.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Jefferson Circuit Court, claims several disciplinary problems on the child’s bus were reported
during the 2010-11 school year by the driver to school officials, including principal Vickie Talbott, but no action was taken.
In May 2011, in addition to being bullied and harassed, the child was “sexually assaulted” by another student on the bus ride
home, according to the suit.
“The most egregious thing to me about the case is the fact this bus driver begged for help with problems on this bus,” said attorney Wendi Wagner, who, along with John P. Nelson II, represents the mother. “And it appears to me that nothing was ever done.”
Because of the experience, the suit says, the child withdrew from Jefferson County schools and has incurred health care and
psychiatric expenses. Claims made in filing a suit present only one side of the case.
Ben Jackey, a spokesman for Jefferson County Public Schools, said he could not comment on pending litigation.
Last year, attorney Ted Gordon filed lawsuits claiming JCPS staff and teachers failed to stop bullying and sexual assault.
Those cases are pending.