What legal options do I have when the school fails to protect my child from bullying?

There are a variety of legal options available when schools fail to meet their obligations to protect students from bullying, and the best choice depends on the nature of the bullying and your goals.  Possible options include:

Filing a complaint against the school district with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights

Filing a lawsuit against the school district and/or school employees

Filing a lawsuit against the family of the student who has bullied your child

Pursuing a criminal investigation in extreme cases, such as when your child has been assaulted

This guide focuses on your legal options against school districts and employees, which is the best way for making systemic change to the culture within schools, so they do a better job of preventing and responding to bullying.

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