If a child who has a disability is being bullied by other kids, do the parents have any legal options available? Attorneys Ed Ciarimboli and Greg Fellerman explain the situation.
Dave Kuharchik: A tough situation when a student or your child is getting bullied and in this case, it’s a child that has some special needs. So we’re gonna get right to it today on “The Law & You” along with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Guys, thanks for being here.
Ed Ciarimboli: It’s something that should never happen. We get pretty upset about these situations.
Dave: I know you guys have talked in depth about this in the past. Let’s see if we can help Pauline here in Mount Pocono, “My son is continually being harassed at school by other kids because he has an intellectual disability. The school will not do anything. How do we make this stop?” Doesn’t the school have sort of a responsibility here to step in?
Ed: They do and especially in this particular situation. You know with somebody who has an intellectual disability. No kid, whether they have a disability or not should be bullied at school and especially kids that have a disability. These kids should be integrated into the school system not separated or segregated. The fact that this child is being bullied just because they have a disability in school and won’t do anything about it, it’s disgusting. Pick up the phone and call a lawyer because obviously, the school’s not going to do anything. You’re gonna need to have a lawyer that has handled these types of cases before. That’s really going to be able to hold the school district accountable for what they’re not doing, for your son or daughter
Greg Fellerman: We seem to be getting a lot of these calls and questions on this issue. The process should start at the school, you start with the principal you don’t get an answer from the principal, go to the superintendent then go to school board and if that doesn’t work then you have to get a lawyer and get aggressive with them because this stuff is just not tolerable and it shouldn’t be tolerated. Most school districts are very very tuned in to this issue so it’s surprising when you hear it but then again nothing surprises us at this point.
Dave: And I know a lot of the school districts have been proactive.
Greg: No question.
Dave: The school district my kids go to have done presentations and kinda helping out the kids. So it’s a tough scenario if you are a parent up there and need some legal advice with a bullying situation. How can our parents reach us?
Greg: Give us a call 570-714-HURT or see us on the web at 714hurt.com
Ed: And there are some great school districts and, in fact, Greg and I have actually gone to some school districts and done presentations and touched on the topic of bullying. So some of them are being very proactive but some of them still need to get with it and need to get ahead of this so that bullying doesn’t happen and not just react to it.
Dave: A very important topic in discussion today. Results matter with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Guys thanks, I’ll catch you next time. The Law & You hotline is available for your call at PA page.com you can submit a question there to get on “The Law & You” as well.
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