Abuse, Injuries & Discrimination In School
A hostile or dangerous school environment can have a disastrous effect on the health and well-being of students and employees alike. Whether it’s a student who came to learn or an employee who came to teach, anyone who steps onto school property should expect an institution free from abuse, injuries or discrimination.
Student Sexual Abuse
Incidents of teacher-on-student or student-on-student sexual abuse are all too common across the country.
There are often signs of sexual abuse at school that officials miss or, even worse, choose to ignore. Failing to report abuse is a violation of state reporting laws. In certain instances, school officials seek to sweep the problem under the rug by moving the offending teacher or student to another school or school system, a decision that simply serves to perpetuate the cycle of abuse.
Other cases can involve sexual abuse as a form of student-on-student hazing, with victims often including freshmen athletes or students with cognitive disabilities.
School Facilities Injuries
School facilities should be maintained to the highest safety standards possible. The reality, though, is a bit different: Broken playground equipment, classrooms falling into disrepair and unsafe bathrooms are just a few of the hazards children face as they navigate their school day. Expecting every child to attend a brand-new school is unrealistic. What is realistic, though, is expecting every child to attend a safe school. Safe schools should not just be available to the districts that can afford them.
Racial And Civil Rights Discrimination At School
Schools are supposed to be environments that promote and value tolerance, diversity and acceptance. Unfortunately, however, they are not immune to bias and discrimination within the student body and the institution itself.
Allowing discrimination or harassment to occur in a school is unacceptable and does not have to be tolerated. PCVA has extensive experience in delivering justice for clients who have been harassed and discriminated against, and we can help you determine your legal options.
How PCVA Can Help
Our team of lawyers knows that it can be hard for anyone to come forward and talk about sexual abuse, discrimination or injuries, especially when it occurred in a place where one was supposed to be safe. As your attorney advocates, we’re here to help you recover the compensation you deserve and make the legal process easier to navigate.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse, discrimination or injury in a school setting, speak with a lawyer for free by completing our intake form or calling us at (253) 948-3199 or (206) 536-2850. All conversations are confidential.