My daughter is a 4th grade student and she is receiving unfair treatment from a PE teacher at her school. Last week, there was a situation during which my daughter felt excessive pressure to confess to something she didn't do. Since complaining to the principal and superintendent, the PE teacher has continued to mistreat my child. My child was sent out of PE and forced to attend art with a different 4th grade class without any explanation and the PE teacher ignored my daughter while monitoring lunch by talking to everyone else at her table and not acknowledging my daughter.
This is indeed bullying and should be reported as such to the superintendent, principal, and school board with three copies of a letter stating so and asking for an investigation under the school's anti-bullying policies (send the letters certified mail, return receipt requested and if you desire, ask a lawyer to compose the letter for you).
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Send a "Gebser letter," to the school's principal, superintendent, and the PE teacher by certified mail, and keep a copy for yourself. You can Google this kind of letter and receive lots of good information about how to write one and follow samples, but it's essentially a letter to officially put the school on notice of conduct that you find inappropriate and harmful to your student, and it offers recommended steps for the school to take to resolve the issue. Make sure to state facts rather than opinions as much as possible (ex: "The teacher sent my student out of her gym class to attend art with another class." [fact] vs. "The teacher keeps bullying my child." [opinion b/c 'bullying' is widely defined and it is a description of conduct that some may agree or disagree with]).
If the teacher's conduct does not stop after the administration receives the letter, you may want to raise this issue with the local school board promptly; and if that does not work, consult with a local education law attorney. Sometimes legal letterhead gets the school's attention.
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