My question involves education law in the State of: California
A friend in high school is experiencing some horrible, physical bullying. The school does nothing to help, and in at least one instance a teacher has specifically said that the offenders can't be punished because everyone's parents signed legal waivers. (This particular instance was during after hours sport practice, if that makes a difference, but other attacks have happened in school hours).
I'm not sure what these waivers say, but I think they must say something along the line of "school is not responsible for harm to your child by other students". Also it is a private school, and my friend is insistent that means a lot of laws don't apply.
She hasn't told her parents, partly because she thinks that they can't complain to the school anyway because of the waivers.
I can't help but feel this is all a bluff. I can't believe that any school in the western world can absolve itself of any responsibility to protect its students. So... can anyone point me to what laws (if any) apply to private schools and bullying?