April 23, 2010

Gay student won't return to school after attack

(Wave3 - Louisville NBC Affiliate) 

MCKEE, KY (AP) -- The mother of a gay teenager says her daughter won't return to Jackson County High School after an incident in which she claims three other girls tried to kill her.

Dee Johnson told The Lexington Herald-Leader her daughter, 18-year-old Cheyenne Williams, has enough credits to graduate and it would be unsafe for her to return to classes.

Two classmates, Ashley Sams and Corinne Schwab, who are both 18, are scheduled for arraignment Monday on attempted murder and kidnapping charges. The other girl implicated is a juvenile.

Williams says her classmates tried to push her off a cliff April 16.

In an e-mail to Jackson County schools officials on Friday, the Kentucky Equality Federation disputed statements that the incident was a prank and asked for assurances of safety for gay students.

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