School & Teacher Misconduct
School & Teacher Misconduct Practice Areas
Schools have a duty to provide a high standard of care to every child. The management, principles, and teachers have the legal duty to ensure that every child is safe and secure within the school premises. The duty includes taking reasonable steps to reduce the risk of any potential harm. The Jungle Law attorneys protect the rights and safety of those who are too young to protect themselves.
When school management and the employees have been negligent in protecting your child from harm, you can pursue compensation through legal action. We understand how traumatizing it can be for parents if their child gets hurt (or worse), due to bullying at school, actions of or the negligence of staff or conduct which is sexually harassing. We pursue compensation from negligent schools that have placed children into harm’s way or attempted a cover-up to protect staff. That’s why we make sure that the guilty party is held accountable for the negligence at school and help prevent it from happening to other children in the future.
Sexual Abuse by Teachers
According to a report by the American Association of University Women, around one in 10 students in grades, eight through eleven said they had been the victim of one or more such abuses from a teacher or other school employee. Two-thirds of the reported incidents involved physical contact.
When it comes to sexual abuse in schools, teachers are among the most common perpetrators of rape and sexual assault of students. They have the opportunity to work alone with children and are in a position of authority that allows them to prey on their victims more easily. Sadly, many sexual predators seek out professions, like teaching, that allow them to meet, groom, and abuse new victims.
Sexual Abuse by Students
Schools should be a safe-haven for children to learn, play, and develop skills that will enhance their lives. Sadly, this is not the reality for hundreds of thousands of children each year who suffer sexual abuse at an educational institution. While many instances of sexual abuse in schools are perpetrated by adults, it is also all too possible for children to be sexually abused by other students.
Physical sexual assault, such as rape or forced oral copulation, is easier for many parents to understand: you cannot touch someone without his or her consent. But what do you do if your child is being abused or harassed online?
In some cases, the school may be held liable if your child was the victim of online sexual bullying. This can include:
Sending or requesting nude pictures or videos
Creating “deep fakes” of your child performing sex acts, and then using those pictures/videos to extort your child, or to humiliate your child (“sexploitation”)
Leaving sexual comments on social media pages
Harassing your child about gender identity, sexual preference, or the way his or her body looks
“Doxing” your child (sharing out personal information)