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

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Customer: 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.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
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.
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Welcome and thank you for using Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I'm the attorney who will be assisting with your legal question. So I can best help, you did mention national origin, has that come up in her harassment?

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Based off of her actions and who she favors, it's clear to me that it has ti do with national origin and class but, nothing she has said before directly correlates to national origin which has made strengthening a case difficult .
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For a civil rights complaint, you can work with inference. For example, if you were to put all of her favorites in one class room, and those she dislikes in another, is there a trend?

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there is.
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That trend is evidence of discrimination. A complaint could be filed: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

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Ok I'll definitely look into that, thank you. Another thing I forgot to mention. I know that she has had similar complaints about her to our school administrators from her coworkers. So there is definitely a pattern but, those in charge of the situation turn a blind eye. I was told that the only thing I did that got me into the situation was the way that they as administrators perceived me. There wasn't any incident where I violated any school or district policy yet, I was called into the office on multiple occasions.
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You guys could also take your issues to the school board, since in house admin is not receptive.

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You see, we talked to district administrators and they told us that board does not get involved with personnel complaints so, the superintendents cabinet handled it by conducting an investigation over the summer (7 months after the incident and me desperately trying to find a solution) that concluded that there were things to be improved within the program but that nothing happened between me and the teacher. Once we requested their personnel complaint policy in writing, it stated that it should have been brought to the board by the other staff members who were aware of the situation. In that letter with the policy, they said that the board made the decision but, when we had asked previously if the board was involved, the superintendents cabinet said no and that they were the only ones dealing with my complaint. I know that what I just said is contradicting but that's a big factor in why I would like to pursue options outside of dealing with my school board, they contradict themselves quite a bit and change the story multiple times on paper, in order to fit their agenda although it's not the truth.
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Elizabeth, Expert

If you're not yet 18, your parents could file suit against them for you.

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What kinds of suit would be best and for what specifically?
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Elizabeth, Expert

Discrimination, there is also a breach of your rights if you're not receiving a proper education, negligence if they knew and did nothing.

Customer
Thank you, ***** ***** we go about filing a suit? Would we have to find an attorney to represent us or could it be independent?
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Elizabeth, Expert

Your parents could represent you pro se. It would be the complaint in civil court.

Customer
Okay thank you so much!
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You're very welcome!

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