Teachers and school employees have rights in the state of Florida. For example, if you are a teacher, or school employee, who has been battered or struck by a student, many believe that it is just a misdemeanor or minor criminal penalty, however, in the state of Florida if a teacher gets battered by a student that will elevate the offense to a felony. It is very important to understand that as a teacher you do have rights and those rights do not leave you by being in a schoolhouse or a classroom. You still have the same rights as you would have if you were outside of the school. If you were a victim of a crime you have rights that would be protected under the Florida constitution and the victim’s right statute in the state of Florida.
Moreover, if you’re a teacher and you are being harassed or stalked, you may have the potential right to obtain a restraining order or injunction against the individual who is harassing you or has repeatedly harassed you. Florida has rules pertaining to injunctions and the bottom line is that, again, just because you are in a schoolhouse or classroom does not mean you cannot try to obtain an injunction for yourself to prevent someone from harming you in the future if you feel your life is at risk.
The above is a very general overview. There are other factors that can interplay with this. For further information, you should seek out an education attorney who has education law experience dealing with these types of matters. This article is not meant to be relied upon as legal advice. Laws and policies can change. Seek an experienced attorney for the most current and up to date information to assist you in this or any legal matter. Feel free to contact he Law Offices of Steve Rossi P.A. for a FREE CONSULTATION.