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Upon confiscating a phone with inappropriatesexual content, I would refer the student to the Shelby CountySchools policy part 6.10 that talks about sexual harassment and itsprohibition. Moreover, I would speak of the1972 Education Amendment’s Title IX ofthe Federal law (U.S. Department ofEducation, 2016 p.1). It prohibits any form of sexual violence orharassment by either the teachers or students. Again, it mandates theschool to develop a policy on sexual offensesand the suggested penalties. Therefore, I would tell the student thatthe federal government mandatesaction that is stipulated in the ShelbyCounty Schools policy about an offense liketheirs. Also, Education Amendmentinstructs that each school must have a coordinator of Title IX whoensures its requirements are maintained ina school. This directs me to forward thematter to the institution’s Title IX coordinator who will thenhandle it according to their directives (U.S. Department ofEducation, 2016 p.2).

The Shelby County Schools policy defines sexualharassment as sexual favor requests, sexual advances that areunwelcome, verbal or physical communication or conduct that issexual, and any other form of gender discrimination from any party,whether students, teachers or other workers around (ShelbyCounty Board of Education, 2012 p. 67).I would remind the student that theirs was unwelcome sexual content.Moreover, the policy mentions consequences amounting to terminationof the contract for employees and expulsionfor students based on how severe it is. Again, I would remind thestudent that they could be submitted toagents of law enforcement for further action (Shelby County Board ofEducation, 2012 p.68). Moreover, the Alabama Student HarassmentPrevention Act prohibits a student from harassing one another in anyform, and this includes sexual harassment(Alabama’s Student Harassment Prevention Act, 2016 p. 4).

In conclusion, the federal state, andinstitutional policies do not allow any form of harassment.In this regard, I would remind the student about Title IX federallaw, Shelby County Schools policy, andAlabama Student Harassment Prevention Actand provide the consequences they would face.

References

Alabama’sStudent Harassment Prevention Act,(2016).&nbspBullyingand Harassment&nbsp(pp.4-6).

Shelby County Board of Education,(2012).&nbspStudentSexual Harassment&nbsp(pp.67-68). Washington DC.

U.S. Department of Education,(2016).&nbspKnowYour Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment1 and SexualViolence Where You Go to School&nbsp(pp.1-2). Washington DC: Office for Civil Rights.

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In responding to the two groups of students, I would emphasize theneed to follow the law at any level, whether legislated by the stateor federal government and also the school boards. In the first place,the immigration reforms themselves are laws that the US has createdto help improve legal immigration and minimize the illegal bit,and this has seen a surge in immigrant populations (Greenwood &ampMcDowell, 2012 p539).

I would avail the provisions of Alabama Student HarassmentPrevention Act to the students who hurled ethnic and racial slursagainst their immigrant counterparts. The law of Alabama callsharassment as intentional and continuous patterns of acts that may beverbal, electronic, written, printed or physical against fellowstudents by using some characteristic features like race andethnicity (England, 2016). It is punishable by fines that may notexceed $500 (England, 2016). It means that these students all qualifyfor this penalty because the harassment hasbeen confirmed. Moreover, the manual ofpolicy for the Shelby County schools has stipulated some directivesagainst such acts. In the anti-harassment policy, it says that thestudents should not engage in or be subjectedto harassment based on characteristics like race or ethnicity, asthere are disciplinary sanctions for the same (Shelby County Board ofEducation, 2016 p.70). This statement addresses both the groups asthe immigrant students should not be intimidated insilence. They have to defend their rights as stated in the policy.Part 6.11.3 of the policy further outlinesthat the students have to treat one another with respect, dignity andcourtesy that reflects their code of conduct (Shelby County Board ofEducation, 2016 p.71). Considering theseprovisions, the students are found guilty of an offenseof harassing their immigrant counterparts.

The immigration reforms have led to an increase in immigrantpopulations in the US schools that has seen discrimination fromAmerican students. However, state laws and school board policiesprohibit harassment like that witnessed in this students’ case. The Alabama Student Harassment Prevention Act and Shelby CountySchools policy are examples of legislationsthat prohibit discrimination. Therefore, the response to the studentsis to ask them to follow the law. However, I will tell the immigrantstudents to be careful where they wear their t-shirts to avoidtrouble elsewhere.

References

England, D. (2016).&nbspCyberbullyingLaws in Alabama | Criminal Law.&nbspCriminalDefenseLawyer.com.Retrieved 29 October 2016, fromhttp://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/cyberbullying-laws-alabama.htm#

Greenwood, M. &amp McDowell, J. (2012). USAimmigration policy, source-country social programs, and the skillcomposition of legal USA immigration.&nbspJournalOf Population Economics,&nbsp24(2),521-539. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00148-009-0273-4

Shelby County Board of Education,(2016).&nbspAnti-HarassmentPolicy&nbsp(pp.70-71).