Bullied because of Ethnicity

It’s never pleasant to hear that your child is being bullied because of their ethnicity. While it’s normal to feel a range of emotions, it’s essential to know that you aren’t powerless and that you, as a parent, have options.

If your child is being bullied because of their ethnicity, the first thing you probably did was contact their teacher or school. What do you do, though, if the school does nothing?

Discrimination and Ethnicity

As organizations that accept federal money, schools must comply with all civil rights laws. Failing to respond to bullying is an indicator they are not doing so. 

This is a sign your school is violating your child’s civil rights. 

Schools must respond to bullying. Especially if the bullying is based on a child belonging to a protected class. Protected classes include:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual Orientation 
  • Religion
  • Ethnicity
  • Disability
  • National Origin
  • And More

If your child is being bullied for their ethnicity, and the school does nothing, then it is not complying with federal rights laws.

Their actions can be considered discrimination against your child.

For more information on federal civil rights laws and bullying, click here.

So what can I do?

If you think the school is discriminating against your child or creating a hostile learning environment, it’s important to talk to a lawyer about your options. 

Every case is different, and talking to a lawyer can be a good way to get advice specific to your case. 

A lawyer will want documentation to understand your case better.

We recommend beginning to keep a record of what happens at school. Save all written communication you have with the school, including emails and letters, keep your child’s school work, and document bullying incidents they report. 

Also, don’t forget to take notes during meetings.

And while you’re looking for a lawyer, remember that we at Cueto Law offer free consultations. You can call us at 618-277-1554 to talk to one of our attorneys for free. 

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