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Kentucky school board sued over student’s beating

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawyer for a student who was beaten at a Kentucky high school has filed a lawsuit seeking to raise awareness about bullying.

Attorney Glenn Martin Hammond represents a student who claims she suffered a brain injury during an attack at Pike County Central High School in October, WYMT-TV reported. Hammond filed the lawsuit Thursday afternoon against the county Board of Education, and said Pike County Schools are not doing enough to address bullying.

The student was dragged to the floor and severely beaten, Hammond said. She is now seeking treatment at a hospital in Cincinnati, he said.

County schools Superintendent Reed Adkins said officials are taking the lawsuit seriously. “Our goal is to come up with a way to put armed deputies inside our schools because I think it has come to that,” he said.

The school system has zero tolerance for bullying and threats, Adkins said. However, safety issues only seem to be getting worse, Hammond said.

Officials will hold a town hall meeting Monday evening to discuss ways to make schools safer, Adkins said.

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Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wymt.com/

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