School Abuse, Injury and Discrimination
A school should be a safe and welcoming place for all – and we’ll fight to keep it that way.
A hostile or dangerous school environment can have a disastrous effect on the health and well-being of students and employees alike. Whether they come pursuing knowledge or an honest day’s work, every American who steps onto school grounds deserves a setting free from discrimination, abuse or violations of their constitutional rights.
Student Sexual Abuse
Unquestionably the most shocking news stories to come out of our state’s schools involve sexual abuse. Tales of teacher-on-student or student-on-student sexual abuse are not only despicable, they are frighteningly becoming all too common. Often there are signs of sexual abuse that school officials miss or worse yet choose or ignore, which is a direct 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 only serves to perpetuate the cycle of abuse. Other cases can involve sexual abuse as a form of student-on-student hazing, with victims including freshmen athletes or students with cognitive disabilities. At PCVA we have decades of experience holding guilty parties responsible, including the perpetrator of the abuse and the school administrators that allowed it to continue. Here are a few news stories featuring some of the work we’re doing to combat the predators stalking our school’s hallways:
- LAWSUIT ACCUSES YOUTH SOCCER COACH OF SEXUALLY ABUSING FORMER PLAYER
- BAINBRIDGE ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT SETTLES LAWSUIT ALLEGING AUTISTIC 14-YEAR-OLD WAS BULLIED AND SEXUALLY HARASSED
- SEATTLE ARCHDIOCESE SETTLES LAWSUIT AGAINST CLERIC IT HELPED GET TEACHING JOBS DESPITE A CHILD SEX ASSAULT PAST
- SECOND FORMER STUDENT ACCUSES EVERETT TEACHER OF MOLESTING HER
How can PCVA help?
Our team of lawyers know that it can be hard for people to come forward and talk about any sexual abuse. We handle every case with understanding and treat individuals sensitively. If you or your loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse in school then contact us today. Our team of lawyers can be here for you, to help you get the compensation that you deserve. They will also do everything that they can to ensure that you feel secure throughout the entire legal process. While we can’t erase the scars that sexual abuse leaves, we can deliver a measure of justice and closure for its innocent victims.
School Facilities Injuries
It goes without saying that school facilities should be maintained to the highest 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 issues children have to content with 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. And safe schools should not just be available to the districts that can afford them. If your child has been injured on school property, call our law offices – we will develop a plan to hold the district accountable and make sure your family is compensated for your child’s injuries.
The Washington State Department of Health and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction developed a guide for use by school district personnel to identify safety violations at their facilities. See if your child’s school measures up by downloading the PDF guide here
School Racial and Civil Rights Discrimination
Schools may be dedicated to the pursuit of higher education, but these settings are not immune to the cruel instincts of others that seek to demean and discriminate. At PCVA we have represented a group of minority students alleging racial discrimination and harassment at a local school district, which in turn had an adverse effect on their learning experience. We have also successfully represented school employees with cognitive and physical impairments who were targeted for no other reason than they were perceived as ‘different.’ Tacitly or overtly encouraging or fostering discrimination or harassment that results in a hostile school environment cannot be tolerated and must be met with the resources of a law firm that is experienced in delivering justice for their clients. If you believe your constitutional rights have been violated in a school setting, either as an employee or student, contact our law offices today.