Q: so my first two year of middle school i droped out like half way threw the year because of people calling me gay and all that crap and so this year i'm going to tell them to stop if they start and if they continue after i tell them to stop i'm going to file for harassment or sexual harassment but i don't know which one i should file for harassment or sexual harassment help please thanks
A: Most schools now have a zero tolerance anti-bullying tolerance. You and/or your parents would first need to meet with the principal of the school to discuss the problem and/or concerns...you would never have grounds to file a suit without meeting your due diligence requirement in trying to resolve the matter without resorting to litigation, which can be very costly for your parents (and they would have to enter into a legal agreement with an attorney and likely have to pay a hefty retainer). However, the remedies are usually suing for the cost of home schooling materials or the cost associated with being placed in another school, which only temporarily circumvents the problem and does not teach you coping skills. Many larger school systems have a Conflict Resolution Specialist that floats between all of the schools, but if requested and intervene first meet with you and find out what the problems are, help you develop better skills for dealing with conflict and confronting the bullies and teaching them better coping skills than picking on someone else for their own inadequacies. First step is still letting your principal, or guidance counselor, if your school has one.
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