Mother Sues Jail Over Lack of Schooling

Mom sues because son isn't getting any schooling while in jail

A Cincinnati woman is suing the Hamilton County sheriff's office and city school system because her 16-year-old son isn't getting any schooling while in jail. Shawanda Lake says her son hasn't gotten any schooling since he was locked up in February on robbery and kidnapping charges, and she says that's unconstitutional. Her federal court suit alleges that the civil rights of her son, Trey Shepard, and every other juvenile jailed as an adult are being violated because the county jail doesn't offer school to teens. Juveniles jailed as adults in Hamilton County also can't work toward a high school equivalency diploma, although the jail offers such a program for adult inmates. Sheriff Simon Leis said he doesn't comment on pending lawsuits. A spokeswoman for Cincinnati Public Schools said the district is aware of the lawsuit and looking into the complaint.