From K-12 to colleges and universities, students in school are not exempt from experiencing hate. Below are resources and information on how parents, students, teachers, and administrators can respond to hate at schools and on college campuses. Below you will find resources to combat hate in the various forms it may arise in K-12 schools and college campuses. Do you have an idea for a resource that could be helpful? Let us know! E-mail NoHate@LawyersCommittee.org.
The Lawyers’ Committee and Not In Our Town partnered to create a pamphlet for k-12 schools with information on preventing and responding to bullying, intolerance, and hate in schools. For hard copies of the pamphlet e-mail NoHate@lawyerscommittee.org. Download: Schools Standing Up to Hate.
For children, hate can often come in the form of bullying. Children can experience bullying online, in school hallways, lunchrooms and buses. The Lawyers’ Commitee’s Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program: PREP provides extensive resources for parents to be effective advocates for their children’s education. One such resource is a comic strip on what a parent should do when their child is bullied in school. Download: PREP Bullying Comic.
Right to Public Schools
Under federal law, all students, have the right to enroll in public school, regardless of their immigration status or the immigration status of their parents or guardians. According to the United States Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe, a state may not deny access to a public education to any child residing in the state, whether or not the child is legally in the United States. To deny a child an education based on immigration status would violate the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. Schools cannot deny or discourage students from attending school based on citizenship or immigration status.
- Download: Template Letter to school administration about Plyler requirements. (ENGLISH)
- Download: Template Letter to school administration about Plyler requirements. (SPANISH)
Reporting Hate on College Campuses
If you experience or witness hate on your college campus, there are additional avenues to report the incident to your school’s administration. While each campus is unique, there are general steps that you can take if you wish to report an incident. Download: How to Report Hate on Campus.