A reminder to local teachers and administrators: students have rights.

We’re representing Lorenzo Denny, a student who was assaulted by a teacher while he was at a dance at Niobrara High School.

After school officials initiated force to remove Lorenzo, a teacher with a history of violence toward Natives punched Lorenzo in the face.

When a teacher physically harms a student, they violate that student’s basic constitutional protections including due process, equal protection, and the loss of a fundamental liberty interest in participating in school events and receiving fair treatment. This doesn’t happen equally. Teachers are far more likely to subject students who are Black or Native to harmful physical discipline.

Schools have a legal responsibility to create a safe environment for all students.

We’re representing Lorenzo to make things right and send a message about what happens when teachers harm students and push them out of our classrooms and school events.

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Adam Sipple, Rose Godinez