After a lifetime of harassment and abuse in schools, students may finally have some relief. New York has finally put forth the DASA or Dignity for All Students Act. This act protects students in public schools from harassment.
Although harassment was frowned upon in public schools, it still existed, especially for LGBT students. This act introduces new forms of anti-harassment safety. It doesn’t tolerate harassment or discrimination for any student, for any reason. It especially focuses on the LGBT students who have had to deal with harassment from peers on serious levels.
The DASA is not completely figured out down to the details just yet. It does require that communities and schools enforce and even change their tolerance policies for harassment to make them stricter. However, it doesn’t give any details as to what will happen should a school or community allow harassment to persist.
Even though DASA had finally been put into action as of July 1, 2012, there still needs to be other actions made. Harassment will always be around. All that you, as a parent can do is educate your child to be sure they understand the hurt and pain harassment causes. Should your child endure harassment at school and it doesn’t seem to stop, you can benefit from calling a New York sexual harassment lawyer. They will make sure the harassment stops and that the New York Department of Education is aware of the situation at hand.