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Q: Can I be sued for talking about an incident that happened at my kids school?

Hi there. There was a sexual incident involving 2 boys at my child’s school. It is a safety concern for me and other parents as well. Other parents, including myself, have been talking about this and sharing information with parents who were not aware because the school is trying to hide it. I am... Read more »

Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 5, 2019

Tread lightly here. A lot depends on who is threatening you with a lawsuit. When you are dealing with minors in a school setting, it's going to be tough for you to prove what you are saying or discussing is factual truth unless you are a party to the action.

Ordinarily, most anyone has a...
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Q: is it legal to suspend a student for something they did after school on school property?

Brent T. Geers answered on May 25, 2019

Yes. Particularly because it occurred on school property.

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Q: My public school is having a school sponsored dance but they are only allowing females to attend. Is this legal?

Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 9, 2019

Unless they are prohibiting the organization and sponsorship of a similar male-only dance, I'm not sure there is a violation here.

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Q: Can the school keep important information about a child away from their parents?

Information as in if the child should be recieving special education benefits like accumulated tests and such without the parent’s knowledge. I’m asking because my daughter was given an accumulated test as her exam. She then decided to email her teacher and the teacher replied in real life... Read more »

Lori E. Arons answered on Jan 29, 2018

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal privacy law that gives parents certain protections with regard to their children's education records, such as report cards, transcripts, disciplinary records, contact and family information, and class schedules. As a parent, you... Read more »

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Q: Can a local full-time paid fire chief serve as an elected school board official in that same jurisdiction?

Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 30, 2017

I don't see why not. I'm unaware of any fire chief being an elected position, and so there is no conflict by holding two different elected positions. More importantly, in most cases, the school district (and its board) is a separate and distinct entity from the local government. It's really no... Read more »

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Q: I have a 12 year old who is cognitive impaired who is being treated unfairly by the principal,staff

How can I build a case against the Detroit public school system regarding my son. He is cognitive impaired (mentally disabled) since he was under 5. He was sent home with black eyes ,bruised face, with feces still on him etc I have pictures emails where I met with people from department of... Read more »

Kevin Shields answered on Mar 30, 2017

You need to contact a special education attorney in Detroit. I can not recommend one but you can search online for a number of options. Your child has a right to an appropriate education. It does not sound like the school is living up to that promise. Students with disabilities are protected under... Read more »

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Q: My daughter hit her head at school and ended up with a concussion and the school failed to notify me.

The incident took place on October 25, 2016. I didn't find out that she had a concussion until later I took her to the ER based off of her symptoms. My daughter told me that she had a headache; however she's 5 so I assumed she was just mocking and trying to get attention. It was until her symptoms... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 30, 2016

depends on how it happened. Get a consult from a member of the Michigan Assn for Justice.

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Q: Can I sue my teacher or the school?

I have a teacher (I am in high school) that says my acid reflux condition is not a valid excuse for me to miss her class even if I am vomiting. She also refuses to help me or give me clarification on assignments because of this. A fellow student messaged me as I was in the office saying that our... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 1, 2016

Unlikely. If you do have a medical condition your parents need to ask for an IEP (individual educational plan) to allow you education without harassment. If you don't have to be in her class after this year you can see what procedures are in place to require schools to take and record compalints.... Read more »

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Q: Since I'm 17 and live in Michigan can I get in trouble for not attending school but signing up for homeschooling

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Sep 8, 2015

Have you asked your parents about this? I think they have to agree to homeschool you, and that there are certain requirements that they have to meet.

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