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Bullying in School

Bullying can range from being an irritation to being one of the most stressful and upsetting experiences that a student can face. Schools have an affirmative duty to prevent bullying and to protect their students.

The information below will provide you with some very basic information and help answer some frequently asked questions, but the information on this website is not legal advice and is not meant to be a substitution for seeking the advice of competent legal counsel. Your case is unique and you need legal advice that is specifically tailored to fit your needs. Our Hollingsworth & Zivitz education team is here to provide you with the advice you need to make decisions that will have a lasting impact on your child's life. Contact the Education Law Team at Hollingsworth & Zivitz to discuss any bullying issues your child has at school.

BULLYING IN SCHOOL- General Information

Unfortunately, bullying in both public and private schools is fairly common. Students are begin dreading to go to school and in situations where a school refuses to address the situation can quickly get out of hand. Students with disabilities are bullied and harassed in a greater proportion than the rest of the population. If bullying is a problem for your child, you need to immediately convene your child's IEP team and devise strategies for the school to stop the bullying and strategies for your child to cope with and report future incidents.

A bullied child who is bullied because of a special class -- such as gender, disability, race etc. -- may have a cause of action against the school under a Title IX construct that among other things turns on whether or not the school responded to the bullying with "deliberate indifference."

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