Parents entrusts their neighborhood schools to look after their children, to nurture them and help them grow while sculpting their minds and filling their brains with the information we all need to know to be successful in life. This is a great deal of trust we place in these individuals, and thankfully, many schools and their faculty hold up their end of the promise to keep children safe while at school. However, some teachers or other staff members engage in misconduct with students, and these people can impact the physical and emotional well-being of the children they are abusive, neglectful, or inappropriate with. If your child was the victim of a teacher or school faculty member’s misconduct and you want to talk to a teacher misconduct lawyer in Santa Clara, the attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter can help your family get justice in the civil courts. Call today for a free consultation.
Misconduct can wear many faces
Although perhaps the most notorious form of misconduct covered by the news media is sexual misconduct between a teacher and a student, the sad truth is that misconduct can wear many different faces. For example, if a teacher blatantly encourages a group of students to bully another student, in essence “doing their dirty work for them,” that teacher can be held liable for student misconduct under California educational law. If a student with a disability requires accommodations in the classroom and has a 504 plan in place but the teacher does not provide the agreed-upon, legally binding accommodations for whatever reason, that teacher could be considered to be engaging in misconduct, as well. If a teacher locks a “problem student” in a storage closet for several hours in order to reduce the amount of distraction the student causes in their classroom, this could also be a form of professional misconduct.
Steps to take if your child was a victim of misconduct
Here is what to do if your child was victimized at school by a staff member:
Get the contact details for anyone who witnessed the misconduct taking place
Keep a timeline of events and document when and where the misconduct took place and what it consisted of
Consult with an attorney who specializes in school misconduct claims so they can review your case
Okabe & Haushalter can advocate for your family in court
If you need a teacher misconduct lawyer in Santa Clara, contact Okabe & Haushalter to discuss your case. We specialize in handling school misconduct claims, and we have a reputation for courtroom excellence. Your family could qualify to receive damages from the liable party in the form of financial compensation, and we will work hard to make sure you get every penny you are entitled to under the law. Your family deserves justice for the suffering your child endured as the victim of school misconduct, and we want to help you get it. Call today for a free case evaluation.
The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter are ready to fight to tooth and nail for you. You have most likely heard of our firm from our television appearances, newspaper articles and other media from the national and international covered cases we have handled.