My son, Ernesto, 11, have attended an after-school program run by the City of Los Angeles, since age 5. The program has a summer program which he attended, as well. This past March 27, when I , after work,went to pick him up, I was told by Perla, a staff member, that Ernesto was being held for 'detention' because he was 'a bully' and had been bullying another child. I asked more facts and to have the alleged aggrieved child and his parents present to do some fact gathering. When Perla continued saying, to me, son & various other staff members that Ernesto was 'a bully'. I asked to speak to the program director, a new fellow, Aaron. We held a meeting with Aaron, Perla , my wife, other staff members who kept going in and out of the room. Since I took the charges of my son being a bully very seriously, and saw the effect on Ernesto, I demanded to speak to the other child and his parents to be present. That never happened. I asked for an apology feeling that Perla had jumped the gun by charging Ernie as being a bully in the absence of more facts. She didn't budge, and said she wanted to speak to Aaron alone. I asked again to bring the child and parents; but u was told the parents had already picked up the kids. Aaron told me he'll call me.
JA: Can you tell me what state this is in? And how long has this been going on?
Customer: A month went by; i called Aaron several times; felt his evasion and asked to give me his superior's name, phone and e-mail. I contacted the man. I asked for the city to take some action,either suspend, discipline or fire Perla. 3 weeks went by ; the supervisor sent me a boiler plate of the city protocol, but no action.
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: the city is Los Angeles, CA. No, haven't filed anything; I am trying to see if i have a cause of action, defamation
? And sue the city. I pulled my son off the program where has been since age 5. I feel that being a bully is a serious matter; and its corollary, being charged a bully just as serious.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?