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Respond to Teasing Even If Unrelated to Child’s Disability

Section 504 Compliance
October 4, 2011

Jackie Wernz was quoted in an article published in the LRP Publication Section 504 Compliance.  The article discusses the importance of responding to all types of bullying issues regardless if it is related to a child’s disability or not since it can result in denial of FAPE.  “If the bullying is so pervasive and severe that it denies the student FAPE, then the district can be held liable,” Jackie explained.  “So even if an investigation finds that the bullying was unrelated to the child’s disability, the school needs to determine whether there has been a substantial restriction on learning and decide if there has been a denial of FAPE as the result of the bullying behavior.”