BERGEN COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION
IEP Meeting on November 14, 2018.
Representation at due process hearing to address bullying issue, obtain appropriate IEP, and possible comp. ed.
IM is an 11-year-old 6th-grader who is originally from Albania and is eligible for special education services under the category of Specific Learning Disability. During the 2016-17 school year, IM’s peers called her a lesbian, purposely mispronounced her last name, left notes on her desk saying they hated her, and posted mean messages on social media. IM’s mother, KP, reported the bullying and the district found it to violate its HIB policy. KP asked the school not to place IM in classes with two of the girls who had bullied her, but at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, IM was placed in a class with one of them. KP complained but was told that it was too expensive to move either girl. IM has experienced anxiety and a loss of self-esteem and does not want to go to school as the other girl continues to provoke her. KP filed for due process; mediation and a settlement conference have been unsuccessful. KP is seeking representation at an IEP meeting scheduled for November 1, 2018 to ensure appropriate IEP development for the 2018-2019 school year, and also representation at a due process hearing (not yet scheduled) to request an out-of-district placement for IM for 2018-19 (as the district only has one middle school) or at least to request that IM and the other girl are in separate classes; and compensatory education if warranted.
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