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Hi! My name is***** and I am a 12th grader at La Serna High School in Whittier, CA. Throughout my Junior year I was a part of my schools ASB class and with that came an enormous amount of issues with the instructor and her supervisors. She is greatly protected by the school administration and even district administration based off of her personal relationships with them stemming from her being a student under them in her high school years. I believe that I am a victim of harassment and intimidation but, I have struggled to be able to prove that is the case because of the fact that I don’t necessarily fit into any protected group besides national origin. When problems arose in December of 2021 and continued throughout the end of the school year and even the summer, my school and district administrators made it quite difficult to file complaints. As a matter of fact, when I asked about how to file a personell complaint, I was directed to file a UCP which I later found out was not a part of their own protocols. Many board policies that the district gave me 8 months after the fact of the incident, were never listed online for me to use. Additionally, there have been great inconsistencies in what credentialed adults have said to me or my guardians in meeting and what they put in writing when I request a written statement. I have been lied to and I just recently found MANY more inconsistencies with my school records regarding incidents involving this teacher. Many of my appearances in meetings with my school are not documented on their end but i have my own documentation of such visits. I spent 7 months of my junior year in disarray because of the adults in this situation. I was wondering if there was anyone I can talk to about how to move forward with this situation in order to protect myself and hold them accountable. Or if there is anyone I could work with to begin taking a step forward with possible legalities of speaking to certain educational facilities about regulations and laws regarding expanding student protection. Before I conclude this, I would also like to ask about my first amendment rights as a public school student and how to protect those as well if I decide id like to go public with this incident.
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: California
JA: Have you spoken to a local attorney or school administrator? What is your ideal outcome for this situation?
Customer: I have spoken to a private attorney who views one possible edcode violation but, there is a lot more beneath surface level to the situation that should call for more investigation yet, many private attorneys do not want to even look at the case. My ideal outcome would be to get outside eyes on the situation and ultimately the removal of this teacher from her ASB leadership position or at least get my disciplinary student records rectified. I am being painted out to be the person in the wrong with a disciplinary violation although all I had done was participate in a counselors meeting upon request of the school therapist.
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Customer: The instructor has many personal connections to students in the classroom who she speaks poorly about me and other students to. And this is an issue of nepotism, intimidation, and harassment stemming from entitlement. Due to this entitlement, her supervisors have taken many wrong and innapropriate steps to “mediate” the issue but in reality, are only protecting this teacher. Not once have they put me as a student as a priority. And as a result, I struggled mentally, and in classes as well as removed from leadership classes as a whole.
My son was recruited by Indiana university of Pennsylvania to play division 1 hockey. The would not accept him as a student for incoming Fall semester due to his high school grades. He has a learning disability and extreme anxiety which caused him to have a 2.16 gpa and the want a 2.2. They confirmed he could enroll as a non-degree enroll full time and he would be eligible to play. He turned down other schools. He is officially on the team. He has a uniform has been practicing for the past six weeks. When the registrar completed the eligibility form for a CH a division one they stated that he is not matriculated. IUP is stating their definition of matriculation is that you are excepted in enrolled and taking full-time classes. ACHA’s definition is that they have a plied and are currently a full taking full-time classes. Are there any cases where a parent can go after the university for not completing the paperwork correctly and answering the questions on the athletic’s conference form?
JA: Has your son talked to a lawyer about this?
Customer: No. I’ve been doing the research. We just found out Thursday before their first game
JA: What steps has he taken so far?
Customer: The general manager went to the registrars office requesting them to change the form to yes. Even with a letter from the academic advisor confirming he is enrolled full time taking 12 credits and working toward a bachelor of science degree. The registrar said no.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: No
My child's school had won a due process hearing on her 504 to place her out of district for prior behaviors that had happed at that time 3 years prior. She had served the consequence that was given at the time. The District, after receiving the decision did not implement the 504 and remand her to remain on virtual which violated her 504 because it stated her accommodations were to be in the classroom. The person(s) over 504 did not reach out to even do a re-evaluation since the placement was being changed. We won a special education due process recently because they failed to evaluate under the child find law after five request and two independent evaluations. The District had enrolled her into her correct High School and then it was changed, so we had to have a meeting about that and her placement. They have tried to offer placement at behavior based day schools and we have refused. We offered that she attend half a day at the high school and the other half at program that offers her career interest or the private school the District was willing to pay for out of District and isn't behavior based.
JA: Because education law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: We believe that her civil rights and FAPE are violated? Do we have any recourse with the District.
JA: Have you spoken to a local attorney or school administrator? What is your ideal outcome for this situation?
Customer: We spoke with the administrator and he is the one pushing back. I haven't secured an attorney, this refusal to place her at the high school happened today after meeting with them yesterday. There proposal was to send her to their in District private placement school that is designed for their higher needs special education students while they evaluate her and we refused, their other option was to place her back on virtual which was determined last year not to be platform for her and she needed to be in person by the 504 team.
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Customer: We are in Raytown, Missouri. School starts Monday, August 22, 2022. She was enrolled in the District 7/25/2022 and the options they have presented are not options: high restrictive, restrictive alternative school(where she had escalated behaviors and we do not want her going back and virtual. Any Help would be helpful!
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