Teacher-Student Abuse Laws

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When Is Considered Abuse of a Student?

Abuse of a student by a teacher occurs when a teacher violates a student’s rights or endangers their safety and well-being. Such incidents are treated very seriouslyboth state and federal laws strictly regulate the standards by which teachers are supposed to conduct themselves. A teacher who violates educational standards may be subject to both civil and criminal penalties. 

Although it is not exactly commonplace for teachers to abuse students, it does happen often. However, many students (especially younger students) may not be aware that they had been subject to mistreatment. Therefore it is best if both students and parents are aware of any situations that might be considered abusive.   

What Are Some Examples of Teacher-Student Abuse?

Student abuse can come in many forms and may involve situations that are not necessarily physically abusive. Some common examples of abuse by a teacher include:

Again, one of the major problems with teacher/student abuse is the fact that many young students may not recognize whether they are being abused or not. Be sure to get involved with your child’s education and be aware if your child informs you of any of abusive circumstances in their school. 

What Should I Do If My Child Was Mistreated at School?

If you believe that your child was abused at school by a teacher or other educational worker, there are many steps that you can take to get involved:

Make sure that you take any complaints from your child very seriously.  You will not be penalized in any way for filing a report with the school district or with a government agency. Student safety and equality is one of the state’s top concerns, so be sure to file an accurate and timely report if you suspect abuse. 

Do I need a Lawyer if my Child has been Abused by a Teacher?

If you suspect that a teacher has abused your child in any way, you should contact school authorities immediately. If the situation appears to be very dangerous for the child, you may also wish to alert police authorities and contact a lawyer for advice. Your attorney will be able to help you file a claim if necessary and can explain to you the various laws that govern teachers in public educational institutions. 

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Last Modified: 12-24-2013 01:38 PM PST

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