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Christopher William Bennett

Christopher Bennett’s Answers

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  • Students protest and walk out of school?

    What is the regulations if a school principle have known that his students are going to protest and might walk out of school in Tx? I know protest is under freedom of expression;however, walking out of school is it acceptable? What procedu...

    Christopher’s Answer

    It's not entirely clear what you're asking but no, students do not have a right to walk out of school, even if in protest. However, the school cannot punish the students more severely than a student who walks out of school for any other reason.

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  • Do I have grounds to bring a suit against the school district for excessive punishment, because the officer is contracted with.

    The principal of the school that my 8yr old son attends called the police officer to have my child removed from the classroom. When the officer arrived she was very aggressive toward him and she threw him up against the wall jacked him up by his ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    It's difficult to say without more information but the short answer is that the school district is almost certainly not liable. Under Texas law, school districts are only liable for injuries arising out of the operation or use of a motor vehicle. It's possible the individual officer could be liable but that would require a much more in-depth examination of the facts surrounding the incident.

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  • I have grounds for a FERPA violation lawsuit to UMUC.

    The details for this case are too much to write, but I will give a little description I prefer you to give me your email and a number and I will contact you ASAP. Basically, I'm in the service (US ARMY) I goto class at UMUC. I was in the...

    Christopher’s Answer

    While the teacher may have released information in violation of FERPA, FERPA does not create a private cause of action under which one can bring a lawsuit for damages for FERPA violations.

    The sole consequence to an educational institution for FERPA violations is a loss of federal funding. If you would like to report a possible FERPA violation, you should contact the US Department of Education at (202) 260-3887.

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  • Do I have a case for defemation of character for my minor son against a school district?

    I need advice on a teacher making false accusations about my son..

    Christopher’s Answer

    School districts are immune from defamation claims under state law. Whether the individual teacher would also be immune would depend on a number of factor but most importantly, whether his or her statements were made in the course of his or her employment.

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  • My son accidentally hit another child in the mouth with a batting helmet.

    The child suffered 2 broken front teeth. Are we to be held responsible for dentist fees?

    Christopher’s Answer

    Whether you are legally responsible would depend on the nature of the accident and whether it was due to your own negligence. Depending on the age of your child, he could be personally responsible if he was negligent in swinging the bat, but for all practical purposes, your child is judgment proof and no attorney would try to sue him.

    That said, if the accident was truly your child's fault, paying for the other child's dental work would seem the proper thing to do, even if you're not legally responsible.

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  • I was working at subway

    And I called in to check my schedule and they told me im no longer in the schedule because I was fired.. What can I do about this?

    Christopher’s Answer

    There is not anything you can do other than find a new job. Texas is an at-will employment state. Your employer can fire you pretty much whenever he wants to.

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  • Is it a violation under the Federal Law when a police officer is found guilty for excessive force? Can a complaint be made to

    the FBI? A civil rights complaint against Police Department and the Officer

    Christopher’s Answer

    If a police officer used excessive force against you, it's likely he violated your rights under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments for which you could bring a civil rights action against him. Whether the county or city for which he works could be held liable is a more difficult question that you'd need to speak to an attorney about.

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  • My wife&I were hurt no permanent injuries. Other person was clearly at fault. Should I hire a lawyer on clear not at fault case?

    We were driving S & other person N before being struck head on at about 50mph. Wife & I both ended up in ER. No permanent damage but after 2 weeks still recovering from all the bruising & pain. Police report clearly shows no fault on our part & th...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Yes, you should absolutely hire a lawyer, or at least contact one for a free consult. That you were clearly not at fault does not mean that the other driver's insurance company is going to just cough up every dollar to which you are entitled. An attorney can also assist you in making claims under your own policy, such as your personal injury protection or uninsured/under-insured coverage.

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  • What legal recourse do I have against a teacher who is frivolously sending my son to the principal so that he will be suspended?

    My son's teacher constantly sends him to the principal for petty things such as not having homework or report card turned in. He has so many write ups that he will be permanently placed in- in school suspension. My son says the teacher yells at hi...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Yours isn't really a legal issue. You say you've spoken to the principal but don't say what he or she said. If the principal did not give you an adequate response, you should talk to the school board or the superintendent.

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