Education Law

YP19E-1001001

BULLYING - PASSAIC COUNTY

Representation in pursuing relief as a victim of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) through negotiation and filing an appeal of the BOE's finding or failure to find HIB to the Commissioner of Education. Parent is Spanish-speaking.

RA is a 5th grade student who has been bullied for two years and the district has failed to comply with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act; they failed to complete an investigation within 10 days of the parent reporting bullying, and if they did perform an investigation, they did not provide the parent with the requisite notice and opportunity to challenge a finding. Bullying has consisted of name-calling regarding RA's weight, writing disparaging things on the restroom walls, a threat to asphyxiate her with a plastic bag, and a false reporting that she had an e-cigarette in her backpack, which led to DCP&P investigation. The DCP&P has issued a letter that its investigation found no evidence that RA had e-cigarette or that she was neglected or mistreated at home. The parent met with the principal to discuss the incidents, but to date, the family has not received any response to their HIB report. The mother also sent emails to the district's Anti-Bullying Coordinator, but has not received a response. The parent is seeking representation in pursuing a finding that RA is a victim of acts of HIB and is entitled to relief as a result of the district's failure. The parent is Spanish-speaking.

To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org

TH19E-1000317

BULLYING - ESSEX COUNTY

Representation to ensure compliance with Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB) regulations.

NP is in 4th grade and was video-recorded by another student while using the toilet. That student showed the video recording to several other students during that school day and showed it to NP's sister during an after-school program. NP's mother reported the incident to the assistant principal the following day. While the assistant principal told NP's mother that the student who video-recorded NP had been suspended, the mother has never received any notices that the incident was considered Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB). The mother is concerned because the district does not seem to have done anything to ensure that the recording was secured. The principal told NP's mother that the district does not secure the recording because that would be promoting child pornography. Instead, the principal said that it was the responsibility of the parents of the student who made the recording to deal with the recording. The parent is seeking representation to ensure that the video-recording of NP has been destroyed and that incidents like this one do not occur again.

To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org