What if a teacher bullies a student?

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Now there is a big difference between bullying between students or children who are peers and bullying between teachers and students or principals and students. In those circumstances, it’s a completely different game. There is absolutely no justification at all for teachers or principals to be bullying students, whether it’s on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, minority status, accent, or language skills. From time to time you do get teachers or an administration that feels very strongly about certain kinds of issues, and it’s not anything like bullying that happens between children. Between children it can be excused as no one witnessed it or it was just teasing. It didn’t have any real consequential damages of any kind on the child. But when a teacher or school official of any kind is suspected to be harassing, discriminating, it must be brought to the attention of the superintendent and the district immediately. Under those circumstances I always recommend the family consult with a lawyer. The law is much, much stronger on teacher behavior toward children than it is bullying between students.

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Rabeh M. A. Soofi is a managing attorney of a Los Angeles, California-based law firm.  Rabeh spent most of her career at a large national law firm of 300+ attorneys representing Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations, government agencies, and other high-profile clients in multi-million and billion dollar disputes.  Rabeh has a broad practice which spans multiple practice areas, serving diverse clients including individuals, families, children  and numerous others.  Rabeh is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers” in Southern California by SuperLawyers and Los Angeles Magazine, as well as being honored multiple times as a “Top Attorney – Rising Star” by SuperLawyers, awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys under 40.  Rabeh is rated as a “Superb” lawyer by Avvo.com, and ranked 10 / 10 for her experience, industry recognition, and professional conduct.  Rabeh has been recognized as a “Future Star” by Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Firms and Attorneys.Rabeh has provided legal commentary and interviews on a variety of legal matters and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Public Radio International, Yahoo! Channel Seven, Orange County’s KM 640 AM, Random House, ALM / Law.com, Digital Journal, RFI – Radio France Internationale, Times Dispatch, Malaysia Star Online, National Law Review, Georgetown University Law Center, Lexis-Nexis, American Bar Association, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Iowa Gazette, and others media outlets.Rabeh received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame, and two undergraduate degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Michigan. She received legal training in the City of Chicago’s Corporate Counsel’s office, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at California Law School.Rabeh has provided over 700+ hours of pro bono service to individuals, families, and children of modest means, and has s volunteered substantial time and provided financial assistance to support a variety of charitable organizations, holding leadership positions in several, including  the Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Law Center / Kid’s Voice, Homeless Shelter Legal Aid Project, Mid East West Foundation, List Project, IMANI Aid Foundation, Mid East West Foundation, Heartland Pro Bono Council, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior, and others.

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