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Bullying Interferes with Ability to Enjoy the Benefits of Education and is Detrimental to Student

Tuesday, January 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall

On January 22, 2018, COPAA and Disability Rights Pennsylvania (“DRP”) , represented by Reisman Carolla Granfiled an amicus brief in Pennsylvania appellate court.The case concerns whether the student and his family can sue the School District of Philadelphia, the student’s principal, and the student’s teacher under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act for allegedly failing to do nothing to prevent ongoing and pervasive harassment, which included sexual harassment and sexual assault based on non conformity to gender stereotypes.

The brief focuses on the problems that school bullying causes students and their parents. Bullying can negatively impact all students by interfering with their ability to enjoy the benefits of a public education and by detrimentally affecting their physical and mental well-being. Students with disabilities are particularly susceptible to such harm.

The family is represented by COPAA members David Berney andKevinGolembiewskiCatherine Merino Reisman wrote the brief, Selene Almazan, Ellen Saideman and Jessica Salonus assisted with editing.

The amicus brief is here.

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