Whether it is in the context of “discipline” or otherwise, a complaint may be filed with the CDE under the Uniform Complaint Procedure if: a child or group of children is in immediate physical danger; or the health, safety or welfare of a child or group of children is threatened. The CDE must directly intervene and not refer the complaint for a local investigation. [5 C.C.R. Secs. 4611(a) & 4650(a)(7)(C).] See Chapter 6, Information on Due Process/Compliance Procedures. Also, see CDE Legal Advisory LO:1-94, January 25, 1993, which states that the California Department of Education interprets Section 4650 of Title 5 as applying to physical injury and threats and also to threats that are verbal or emotional. See Chapter 8, Information on Discipline of Students with Disabilities.