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Sorry about that. I was explaining, I am in California. I am a Licensed Educational Psychologist and independent contractor for Leadership Public Schools based in San Jose, CA. I was testing a 14 year old 5 month girl. In the context of the student suggesting that she was being bullied by some students and not wanting to work with her special education teachers, I said to her, What do you plan to do sit on my lap and laughed rather loudly. It was a rhetorical question, not an invitation. I meant to say that she could not sit idlely by, she should go to the Dean of the school and report the bullying and she should word with her sp. educ. teachers. The next day Feb 2 (2012), I was informed by my employer that the young lady had gone to the Dean and said that I had asked her to sit on my lap. I was suspended from working further with any other students.
Since Feb 2, I have not been contacted by anyone from Child Protective Services. I am not aware of any pending court action.
I should have added that when I was notified on Feb. 2nd of my suspension from further duties, I was notified that the Dean had phoned in the complaint on the basis of twhat the young lady had said.
My question is what recourse do I have? As long as CPS does not ask me for a statement or resolves what their decision is, I can't work. Can I ask to make a statement or request to be questioned in a speedy manner.