No child should be abused in any way while at school. If your child has suffered abuse, find out how to hold the responsible party accountable by working with a Detroit school abuse lawyer.
We expect the schools our children attend to be safe places where children can learn and grow under the care of trained, qualified professionals. School should be a happy place where children can develop friendships and acquire knowledge. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Bullying is a common experience many children face. We expect teachers and other school professionals to step in when bullying occurs and to provide a space place for students. However, sometimes the situation is reversed and the teacher is the bully—or worse.
If your child has been the victim of school abuse, it can be a devastating experience for your child and for you. A Detroit school abuse lawyer from Christensen Law can be a trusted legal ally who will work to hold the school accountable so that your child can receive the compensation needed to recover from what he or she has been through.
Examples of School Abuse
It’s important to notice how your child responds to discussions about school. Did he or she previously enjoy school but now seems to dislike it? Has your child become withdrawn when the subject comes up? Is your son or daughter suddenly frequently in trouble after years of getting along well with school professionals?
If your child displays any of the above behaviors, it could be a sign that he or she is being abused at school. School abuse can take many different forms:
- The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public schools to provide a “free, appropriate education” to students with disabilities. However, some teachers do not adequately observe these requirements. Examples of teachers acting abusively toward children with disabilities include not giving adequate time to complete tests; creating a highly stimulating, disorienting environment for children with autism; ostracizing children with disabilities, and similar actions.
- Denial of educational opportunities is strictly prohibited.
- Discrimination based on categories such as race, gender, sexuality, or religion is never permissible.
- Aggressive, demeaning remarks toward a child on a regular basis can easily result in emotional trauma.
- Child sexual abuse is alarmingly common. One study found that one in ten children has been subjected to sexual misconduct by a school professional.
- While hard to imagine, physical abuse of children by teachers does happen—often with teachers who have limited experience managing children.
What Comes Next?
If you suspect that your child has been a victim of school abuse, you should first address the teacher and school district. If the problem is not resolved, you can sue the school district for financial compensation. You will need to prove negligence: that the school owed your child a duty of care that it failed to uphold, and that this negligence was damaging toward your child.
A Detroit school abuse lawyer from our firm will understand how devastating it is for your child to be abused at school. We will work to get you full compensation that accounts for all the hardships you may now be facing, including any of the following damages that apply to your child’s case:
- Current and future medical bills
- Emotional or physical therapy
- Transportation expenses
- Diminished quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
Contact a Detroit School Abuse Attorney
School abuse can bring severe hardship into your home and traumatize the affected child—but there is hope. Contact a Detroit school abuse lawyer with Christensen Law today to begin the process of obtaining legal justice. Call 248-213-4900 or fill out our online contact form on this page. Your consultation is free and involves no pressure to proceed beyond our initial discussion.