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QUESTION: My 8-year-old daughter suffered a stroke and is partially paralyzed on her left side in her arm and leg. She walks with a limp and her left hand is turned backward. The children make fun of her and mock the way she walks. She cries and does not want to go to school. Is this a form of bullying? What can I do?
ANSWER: According to the LA Statutes (RS 17:416.13) "Bullying" is defined as a pattern of (a) Gestures, including but not limited to obscene gestures and making faces. (b) Written, electronic, or verbal communications, including but not limited to calling names, threatening harm, taunting, malicious teasing, or spreading untrue rumors. Electronic communication includes but is not limited to a communication or image transmitted by email, instant message, text message, blog, or social networking website through the use of a telephone, mobile phone, pager, computer, or other electronic device. (c) Physical acts, including but not limited to hitting, kicking, pushing, tripping, choking, damaging personal property, or unauthorized use of personal property (d) Repeatedly and purposefully shunning or excluding from activities.
QUESTION: My children were placed in foster care. Upon a visitation, my child's face was bruised and his little eye was damaged and leaking water. When I asked what happened, no one, not the department of child and family services or the foster parents could give me an answer. I was not allowed to take pictures of them. Instead, I was told he has these bruises when he was placed in the foster care system. I know this is not true. How can I get help for my children and remove them from the foster home?
ANSWER: Child Protection Investigation. Child protection investigation is the investigation of child abuse and neglect, as well as the provision of short-term, concrete services to children and families. These services are legally mandated, specialized investigations and social services for children who are alleged to be neglected, abused, exploited or without proper custody or guardianship. To report suspected child abuse, call 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437) toll-free 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
QUESTION: During this time of year, as a teacher, I am very careful what I say about Christmas because I am not sure when I cross the line between "separation of church and state". What is the law concerning this topic?
ANSWER: A school board may educate students about the history of traditional celebrations in winter and allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations, including but not limited to:
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