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Experiencing a Nightmare right now? Need legal help? Contact The Rutherford Institute.

If this just happened, and you're getting the runaround from the school district, don't wait--get a lawyer and have him/her call the school and raise hell. If your child was arrested, he/she has the right to an attorney (public defender) whether their Miranda Rights were read to them or not! Demand your free attorney, right away!

Put Your Lips to that Whistle and Blow!
If your child was:

  1. Denied due process and suspended, expelled unlawfully due to being targeted/profiled (singled out) for punishment based on race, religion, sex, or disability;
  2. Punished more severely than other students for the same (or similar) offense;
  3. Or if the school district is not following the IEP, file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. You have 180 days from the date of discrimination to file, so the sooner, the better!
HOT TIP:
Numbers have impact! If you can, find out if your school district has violated the civil rights of other parents and students. Get together and file your complaints at the same time.

First-Aid
Although these articles apply specifically to New York schools, it's a must-read on how you can effectively advocate for your child.
Suspension Hearings             Expulsion Hearings

Notable Quotes:

"Schools have got to stop playing fast and loose with the constitutional rights of their students," said Jillian Davis, ACLU Staff Counsel…"This has to stop."

Read the full
article here.

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