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(Updated: August 4, 2009 at 3:59 PM CT)

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is asking state school chiefs across the country to formally submit their policies on seclusion and restraint in schools.

The request came in a letter Duncan sent to all the state education heads late last week.

The move comes after a government report released in May which documented hundreds of cases of allegedly abusive or deadly uses of restraint and seclusion tactics in schools. It included cases of teachers holding students face down for hours, gagging them, leaving them in dark, closet-like spaces for hours at a time and preventing students from using the bathroom, among other allegations. Nearly all of the allegedly abusive cases involve children with disabilities.

Soon after the report was released, Duncan told members of Congress that the report included “very disturbing, troubling information.” He said he would encourage all states to have policies in place for handling seclusion and restraint in schools before the new school year begins.

“Secretary Duncan is committed to ensuring all children, in every single school in this country, is safe and protected,” said Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., who is now working to develop legislation to address seclusion and restraint in schools. “We need to do everything we can to protect schoolchildren from abusive, torturous, and — in some cases — deadly uses of seclusion and restraint and to stop these horrific abuses from going unchecked.”

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  1. Floridamom says:

    I think this is a very bad plan for children with disabilities and if this happens in place of federal law I don’t think much will change and we will be right back where we started from. Every DOE in the United States had to know restraint, seclusion and aversives to children with disabilities was and still is going on. And did they do anything to fix the problem and help the children and the parents that were contacting them for help? The answer is no. I know many parents that filed complaints with the DOE in their state and like my complaint in Florida, “Nothing happened.” There was no justice for any of our children.

    The only reason Sec. Duncan is addressing this problem now is because many advocacy organizations finely got this problem out in the open and all the way up to Washington D. C. I don’t believe that he didn’t know about this problem before the GAO investigation. Now he wants to put this problem right back into the hands of the same people who ignored our cries for help, abused our children and then tried to cover it all up. How will things ever change with the same people in charge, writing their own rules and policing themselves as they have always done. Nothing will change.

  2. anna20 says:

    They arent doing anything but continuing the cover ups. They have been caught & are still trying to keep legislation from regulating what they have been doing. They want nothing more then to stop being investigated. They will make it look like they are going to fix it so Congress wont pass any laws that will hold them accountable when the abuse continues. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wouldnt even comment on the CNN story that aired recently on a child being abused by restraints at school. Where is the outrage from this man?

    Rep Miller we need acountability from these people who have been mistreating disabled children for decades! They have proven time & time again they can not & should not police themselves.

    If another child dies who should we hold accoutable?

  3. flamom02 says:

    How many deaths and injuries have to be reported before this issue is properly addressed?

    I am a parent of a special needs child who endured years of abuse in the public school system. Ultimately, we decided to withdraw our child from the public school system due to the lack of empathy and expertise in dealing with our child. School personnel and administration need appropriate training and ongoing education when dealing with children with behavior problems. Aggressive tactics, such as manual restraining, arm grabbing, physically lifting a child, etc. only fuel more aggression within the child. A child who is consistently restrained will exhibit more aggressive behaviors which will then trigger the adult, doing the restraining, to become more frustrated, therefore continuing the abusive cycle.

    Positive replacement behavior is the key in decreasing aggressive behaviors in children with specific behavioral issues related to their disability.

    I attended the phone conference on 7/20/09 regarding the Standard for the Use of Reasonable Force and voiced my concerns as did many other parents and advocates. We were only given 1 minute to voice our concerns, however, we were given 2 contacts to submit additional comments and concerns via email. I submitted a lengthy email explaining what my child endured on a regular basis, included my phone number to be contacted and no one contacted me! Was I shocked? Not really. If a parent’s story of abuse couldn’t be addressed personally, how do we expect the same people to address these issues. All of us cannot be lying about what our children are enduring or have endured. It is time for the right people to listen and take charge.

    Parents who abuse their children are subjected to penalties, so why shouldn’t teachers and administrators who abuse our children be treated the same way?

  4. LindaDMontalbano says:

    Parents in Alabama fight in a due process hearing for payment of an independent evaluation with out an attorney to help them. They have to send their child back to school to face school staff who mentally and physically abuse their child. School staff refuse to recognize child’s behaviors are manifestations of disabilities. School staff believe even with the independent evaluation all the behaviors are intentional and through negative consequences they will correct and cure autism, ADHD, brain damage and dysgraphia. When the parents plea with the principal to stop the abuse this school year this is the response:
    Thomas Highfield Principal, Meridianville Middle School in Alabama: “Like with all of our students, we are also concerned with “CHILD” safety and progress. Unfortunately, many of the concerns you have voiced are concerns already expressed to an independent third party, the Due Process Hearing Officer, which you ask for. He has yet to rule on the legitimacy of your complaints. Until such time we will, as we have in the past, follow “CHILD” IEP and BIP, enforce the school rules for all students, follow state, federal, and local laws, and MCBOE policies.”
    How will Secretary of Education Arne Duncan actions stop the mental and physical abuse this child has to face this school year while the parents now have to go to Federal District court which will take years to fight to stop the abuse? We need help now!

  5. ccezrider65 says:

    Amen, to all who posted before me. ALL made relevant points! It continues to happen everyday, everywhere for our young people. We reside inUpstate NY (Rochester) with a 16 yo who has been repeatedly victimized by the “Educational System” in this country.

  6. deealpert says:

    Duncan allegedly asked heads of state ed. depts. back in May, right after the GAO hearings, for information re how they were protecting kids w/disabilities from restraint and seclusion abuse in schools.

    Last week I used the Freedom of Inf. Act to get a copy of whatever NYSED had submitted in reply and have not even received an acknowledgement of my FOIA demand, much less anything with the document I requested.

    Instead, Flunkin Duncan issues the new letter. Hmnn. I’m wondering if USDOE, and Duncan in particular, didn’t care enough about this issue to notice that many state ed. depts., probably including NYSED, didn’t actually bother to reply to his May request for information.

    In any event, the professional disability anti-abuse community is quite clear about the fact that “guidelines” do almost no good whatsoever in ending this kind of abuse. Only strict laws, strictly enforced, with penalties, do.

    Duncan ignored the disability abuse issue when he was head of the Chicago Public Schools. Would we expect anything more, or better, now that he heads USDOE? I think not. And his choice for head of OSERS, Alexa Posny, did exactly zero to end abuse of kids with disabilities when she previously headed OSEP. As the KS Commissioner of Education … nada useful.

    All in all, it is becoming unfortunately quite clear that if we want to stop school restraint and seclusion abuse, we’re not going to be able to rely on USDOE’s goodwill to get the job done.

    Direct action will be required … and we’ll have to do it.

    Coming soon to a neighborhood near you, friends. Wait!

    Dee Alpert

  7. anamare says:

    I am the parent of a 6 yr. old child that was physically restrained daily and put in a closet a.k.a. seclusion room. My son will never be the same he has been traumatized at his own school. He was tortured and now will have to live with the Post Traumatic Disorder brought about from his “beloved” teachers. My son has learned that when he is frustrated he should run to a closet he does this when he is in a surrounding that reminds him of his school.
    Rep.Miller we are demanding accountability schools can not police themselves. Schools can not and should not torture are children with disabilities. What would we do if a typical child was put in a closet on a regular school day? What would happen to me if I put my child in a closet everyday? What consquences would I have as a law abiding citizen??? Children with disabilities are not second class citizens.
    Listen to our voices Washington listen to the ones that can not speak and tell us what is going on in their schools. Listen Please

  8. says:

    The bottom line is that it is does not matter what state policies exist if the state Departments of Education don’t seriously enforce the policies. Last Spring, our local elementary school built and used a seclusion room without telling parents. Pennsylvania has limited regulations regarding seclusion and restraint, and the school completely ignored the regulations with no consequence from the state.

    In my opinion, asking the state Boards of Education to regulate seclusion and restraint is like asking the “fox to watch the henhouse”. Meanwhile, the child who was put in the room is forever scarred by what happened, and no one from the state cares.

    It is time for Federal Laws to be passed to protect our children from Seclusion and Restraint. The state Departments of Education are often staffed by long time supporters of seclusion and restraint, and cannot be trusted to create or enforce regulations to protect our children. They have been the keepers of the educational system for some time, and they know what is happening to the kids – but they don’t care. Or worse, they support the antiquated practice of restraining and secluding children. Our legislators need to be the ones step up to the plate and protect our children.

    The fact is that if you built a concrete block seclusion room in your home and regularly put your child in it, you would likely be arrested for child abuse. So why are educators exempt from child abuse charges? It is not acceptable in the home, and it should not be acceptable at school.

    Seclusion and restraint of children with autism is an inhumane and discriminatory practice, and it is time for it to end. Like many other forms of discrimination, those who are prejudice will vigorously defend their beliefs. It often takes a law to force people to do the right thing.

    How many children need to be injured or die before our legislators will pass a law to protect our children? It is time to change Federal Laws to protect our children. Enough is enough.

    ~Kym Grosso, MBA

  9. rcdianchris says:

    Mr. Duncan the Wolf cannot guard the hen house. In other words if there is not Federal Oversight, the abuse will continue. Please do not wash your hands of the problem and correct it as you know it should be corrected. Have Federal oversight and stop being an enabler of abuse on the most vulnerable of citizens. We must have you step up to the plate and do your job. If you cannot we will look to your boss Presient Obama to take over. Thank You

  10. njeducator says:

    As an educator who has dedicated myself to working with severely disabled students for nearly 20 years, it truly saddens and disheartens me to read the comments posted to this link. The pain of the parents who have posted is so evident, as is the complete lack of faith that anything will be changed following Secretary Duncan’s letter. The basic facts of this case can not be overstated. That even one child has been abused by those that he/she trusts through the misuse of seclusion or restraint techniques is simply inexcusable and should raise red flags throughout the education community.

    That being said, I still firmly believe that the overwhelming majority of educators in this country have only the best interests of the children in their care at heart at all times. There is no denying that being responsible for a child with a disability can be a daunting proposition; especially if a component of that disability is some form of severe acting out behavior. Still, as parents, we should have every right to expect that the educational professionals working with our children (and especially our children with disabilities) have the knowledge, temperament, strategies and ability to handle this proposition on a daily basis; just as we must. Is there anything inherently wrong about the use of seclusion or restraint, if it is done humanely, compassionately and following strict guidelines for the safety and security of all involved? I don’t think that I’m being naive when I say “no”.

    As parents, we have been told time and again that seclusion – in the form of “time out” – is an effective behavioral strategy. Why? Because it is if implemented correctly. Does that mean that it the only effective strategy? Of course not, but it is one tool that we can use if we choose to do so and if it works for us. Schools should have that same right. Should students be held down for hours in four point restraint? I think not. I wasn’t there to witness the incident, but I have a difficult time accepting that a more humane strategy couldn’t have been implemented. I need to believe that cases such as this remain more the exception than the rule however. So are the foxes really being put in charge of the hen house? I don’t think so, and I hope that at least some of you may agree.

  11. Worried to death Mother says:

    Mr. Duncan what are you doing? You mean to tell me that after hearing about the torture and abuse which takes place consistently in public schools, you are doing nothing? What is going on? Is this the twilight zone? Did you listen to the same testimony we did? I understand that parents have been sending your office stories for quite some time. Please excuse my sarcasm, but your lackadasical attitude is simply shocking and frankly disturbing. Where is the outrage? I would think your office would move swiftly and forcefully to protect these children. These are our country’s most vulnerable. where is the urgency and outrage?!!!??

    Mr. Duncan we were all waiting to hear from your office after your promises. Sadly, for many your loosely written letter was a huge disappointment. Your want to keep things status quo. We already have the school districts policing themselves. As we have all seen it does not and cannot work. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that they have no interest in causing harm to themselves. We already have ridiculous, vague and unenforceable policies. We need federal legislation now and parents will not stop until this happens. It is truly unfortunate that parents have yet another struggle on their hands. We should be able to rely on our government to protect our children- or better yet, to want to protect our children and not condone abusive practices.
    Extremely disappointed and outraged parent,
    Maria C.

  12. macombs says:

    I think this is very bad for Children/ Adults or anyone. I was secluded when I was in school and it is not a good feeling.
    Something has to stop and stop now. This is wrong. How would all of you teachers,Principals,Superintendants, Counselors,Nurses, Teacher Aides(Para),etc. like to be secluded and not be involved with Friends or Capanions, Family or do anything that you would like to do?
    I don’t think you would like it. Have you heard a saying” Treat others like you would want them to treat you”? If you would not to be secluded then don’t seclude anyone else. Also to me if you go and seclude individuals with Disabilities that cannot function or do for themselves, then you are not a Christian. You better think twice about this before you go and do something that you would regret about it. This is not your life we are talking about.
    This hurts me terribly when i think about my past as a child.
    Michaila C.

  13. Floridamom says:

    Dear njeducator,

    Yes there are a lot of good teachers in our schools but there are also bad school staff that work in schools.

    We are talking about our children who have been abused physical and mentally by the very people we trusted everyday when we dropped them off at school. In my state of Florida I know of over 100 families that have children that have either been restrained, put in locked seclusion rooms, closets, tied to rifton chairs denied food/bathroom, force fed, hit, pinched and arrested. And why was this done to them? Because they have behavior and sensory issues that are part of their disability. We turned to our DOE for help and would you like to know what the did? Nothing.

    And why do we not have faith in Sec. Duncan’s letter? Because it’s a bunch of words. I don’t believe for one minute he didn’t know this abuse was going on at least in his own state. And if he didn’t know it was going on then he isn’t a very smart person. I’m just a parent advocate and I’ve know it’s been going on for years in Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, California, Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Pennsylvania, Vermont, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, New Hampshire, Massacheuttes. Why did it take the GAO hearings for Sec. Duncan to step forward? Parents from all over the United States have been begging for help from their own state DOE’s for years and received no help. This is a dirty little secret that has been kept behind closed school doors for too long and now it’s out in the open. And just so you know we are talking about prone/supine restraint, tied to rifton type chairs, put in locked seclusion rooms and closets (which is not the same as time out).

    When you walk in our shoes and your child has been abused by people you trusted then you will understand. Until this happens to your child, please do not judge these parents for the truth that they speak. Our children have suffered long enough and our family lives torn apart because of this abuse to our children. And we are left to pick up the broken pieces of our children that are now fearful of going to school, behaviors that they didn’t have before, regression in things we worked so hard to accomplish, anxiety, phobias, anger and depression. And where are the people that abused our children? They have moved on and long forgotten about that child that cried out for help as she was held face down on the floor by 4 adults all in the name of treatment. Restraint and seclusion should no longer be viewed as treatment options but rather as treatment failures because they risk lives, escalate behaviors and inflict emotional and physical trauma.

  14. Florida Dad says:

    It is paramount that Mr. Duncan does not transfer the decision making process to individual states as there is going to be lots of inconsistencies that will still fail the final cause for uniform action by the federal government. After actually having a GAO report it is still appalling that we want states to have policies in place before the next school year begins. What we need is immediate federal legislation to put a stop to abuse in the form of restraints and seclusion before the school year begins as abuse is still occurring with existing state policies without any form of accountability. We need a requirement for highly qualified trained educators and behavior specialists with implementation of penalties for not practicing positive behavior support and violating laws that protect our children from discrimination and abuse. The schools need to held accountable and need to be policed by an independent agency. Our children end up being the silent victims of the passing the buck game played by our bureaucratic process that simply requires a commonsensical approach to protect them by enacting federal legislation as soon as possible. There is absolutely no need to waste more time. We are in the 21st century and our children have civil rights and the right to be safely educated.

    Thank you

  15. ange says:

    Policies without teeth—those not banning the most dangerous practices and including monitoring and accountability–do nothing but make the unthinkable lawful. That is unfortunately what Missouri did, and while I try to comfort myself that at least there is awareness now and parents know to question and observe (most had no idea these rooms and practices even existed), I know that realistically the policy does nothing but authorize this barbaric practice and give the those who have already failed (school districts and lop-sided IEP teams) complete control. Yes, parents may be part of the decision to use these practices, but often they are misled and misinformed, putting their trust completely in the hands of ‘experts’ only to find out that interventions promised aren’t carried out and terms like “dangerous,” “last resort,” and “severly disruptive” are widely interpretted to justify seclusion and restraint.

    It doesn’t make sense to justify the abuse, it makes sense to prevent it.

  16. LibraryJim says:

    There has to be accountablity for this be resolved. The easiest and most inexpensive way to do this is to require video cameras in the class room. If school staff know what they are doing is being recorded they won’t do the wrong thing.

  17. JPM says:

    Mr. Duncan:
    I am the father of a child, who at the age of 12, was repeatedly abused and endangered by multiple person prone restraints in a NYS Public Middle School. The prone restraint abuse was employed for punishment and for behavior modification. It was never used to prevent my son from being a danger to himself or others.
    The prone restraints were done by individuals who had been trained in CPI, the most widely employed crisis intervention and restraint program in American schools. CPI teaches that only its approved restraints are to be used by its trainees. My son’s restrainers ignored their CPI training each and every time they restrained him. CPI has no prone restraints in its restraint options. The restraints happened repeatedly over a four month period of time. My wife and I were not apprised of the restraints as they happened.
    The school stated it did not keep physical intervention reports. By a fluke, I was able to obtain classroom logs written by my son’s special education teacher and teacher’s aide which indicated he was held in a prone position by multiple adults with an adult lying over my then 95 pound 12 year old child’s back for approximately five minutes until he “fell asleep”.
    My son did not “fall asleep” during a prone restraint.
    On other occasions he was, per the classroom logs, restrained in such prone manner for “approximately twenty minutes” until he was “calm”. On another occasion he was restrained “off and on for approximately one hour” until he was “calm”.
    I know my son did not fall asleep.
    I doubt he fainted as he had never fainted in his life, and had not fainted in 20 minutes of restraint or in one hour of restraint.
    I believe my son went unconscious due to asphyxiation from the prone restraint. I know prone restraints, because of inherent danger of “positional asphyxia” are banned in at least five states for use on developmentally disabled students. My son was not only exposed to danger of positional asphyxiation, but also had added risk of asphyxiation due to the weight of an adult teacher lying over a child’s back, interfering with chest cage and diaphragm expansion.
    Additionally, my son related his principal having pushed his face into the mat, making it difficult for him to breathe during restraints.
    Subsequent to the restraint in which my child “fell asleep”, my wife received a call from the special education teacher in which she advised he had fallen asleep and could not be aroused. The special education teacher neglected to mention my son had “fallen asleep” during any type of restraint.

    My son was thrown into a prone restrain for totally inappropriate reasons. One such reason was because he refused a command to stop biting his leg. My son was engaging in non injurious self-stimulating behavior, biting his leg with no bite marks, to block out the horrific prone restraint he had just endured……not a reason for a prone restraint by individuals who had no training in any type of prone restraint.

    I found out about the restraints when I came into possession of classroom logs, months after their occurrence. I tried to learn what I could about what had happened. The superintendent denied prone restraints had been done on my child. My request to speak with the restrainers was refused.

    My son, now four years later, continues to suffer from post traumatic stress issues.

    An Education Law impartial hearing officer stated in her decision regarding denied FAPE (which led to the abuse) that my son had been repeatedly restrained for inappropriate reasons by untrained individuals and that the evidence showed he had been endangered and had sustained psychological and emotional injury. She further stated “These same unrepentant individuals are capable of repetition”.

    The abuse my son endured was not from individuals acting in the moment. It was repetitious and continued, contrary to training of the educators, over four months. My son will never be the same.
    If I did what they did to my son, it would be criminalized.

    The abusers of my son and those administrators who whitewashed, stonewalled, covered-up, failed to report to parents or state education department have had zero accountability.

    The Impartial Hearing Officer’s decision was appealed to State Review Officer Paul Kelly, who was subject of a Wall Street Journal expose’ regarding his having an agenda to protect school districts at expense of our children, declared the matter of restraints moot because they had not happened since and because he was imposing a one year statute of limitations.

    Within two school months of Judge Kelly’s decision, my son was, again abused at his school……. So much for moot!
    I possess a due process advisory from my school district during the one year time frame after the restraints, stating I had a two year statute of limitations to bring an educational hearing.

    I also possess a NYSED produced copy (produced by NYSED and obtained by me within one year of the restraints) of the Education Commisioner’s regulations which state a two year statute of limitations.

    My son’s school district has perjured itself. It has fabricated false documents. There is no accountability for provable perjury or provable fabrication of false documents submitted to the court.

    My son and family are targets of retaliation by School District and Community for standing up against the abuse and for seeking due process to address denial of free and appropriate public education

    Secretary Duncan,
    The system is corrupt at the local and state levels.
    This nightmare must be dealt with at the federal level.

    Help us. Help our children. End the abuse.

  18. JPM says:

    LibraryJim said:
    There has to be accountablity for this be resolved. The easiest and most inexpensive way to do this is to require video cameras in the class room. If school staff know what they are doing is being recorded they won’t do the wrong thing.

    My aon’s school district has cameras; however, each and everytime I have requested to view such video upon learning of an incident of abuse or of failure to follow my son’s behavior plan, I have been advised the cameras do not cover that particular area or the involved cameras were not working at that particular time.

    My experience is that video’s will only exist if they exonerate the school staff. If the video should expose wrong on the part of school staff, they do not exist…………and non existence may well be the case by the time the requesting party receieves a response.

  19. nkarmali says:

    This proposal as suggested by Secretary of Education is a welcome sign to prevent child abuse in schools in the name of Restraint and Seclusion. But this is short of federal oversight and as such federal has a makjor role to play since every state has failed to take action as reported in the news media. In this era with medical advancement and in the field of child psychology and communications it is imperative that our school teachers are well trained to deal with the children of every disability. And it is the responsibility of every individual of authority to make sure teachers are well tarined and children are well protected and educated with their individual strengths. I am sure something good will come out of this which will save the child’s dignity, welfare and peace to the parents.

  20. Theresa Edwards says:

    I am sorry about the fact that President Obama chose to put Sec. Arne Duncan in this position of authority. Sec. Duncan made the statement when he was testifying before Congressman Miller that he was troubled, surprised by the information that was presented about what was going on to our children. What part troubled him I wonder? Was it the part that while he was in a position in his own state, that these criminal acts were being perpetuated and he did nothing. Or, maybe he was troubled because the parents who have citizens of the United States were able to get Congress to listen to us about the atrocities being done to our babies. Now he is going to ask the states to submit policies. By allowing the states to submit something we will continue to have more of the same. My daughter was assualted, locked in a room called the “Jail Room”, denied food, denied the right to use a restroom, subjected to verbal abuse and racial tormenting. These acts were reported to everyone in my state of Georgia. Even the Governors office knew so now we ask them to submit policies, which do nothing. The only way to fix what is going on to America’s children is for the federal government to step up to the plate. I am just as much as anyone against big government but by letting the state’s control this issue look at what it has cost us, many of our children are permanently scarred, and some of our children are dead. And the worst part is there is no accountability, no justice. How many more of our children must we watch slip away!

  21. says:

    Let’s be very clear that seclusion at school is not at all the same as placing a child into timeout in a home environment. Time out in the family kitchen chair for one minute per the child’s age is not even a comparison to what happens in school.

    What often happens in schools is that a teacher subjectively decides when a child is being disruptive enough to be secluded as a so-called “last resort”. Then the child is forceably, against his will put into a room the size of a small closet and left there until a teacher subjectively decides when the child can leave. The child often has no access to a bathroom or a soft place to sit. Many times there are no state regulations about the time limits, how big the room has to be, what the room is made of, etc. Even if there are policies, the schools may not follow the policies. There is often little to no accountability.

    I always come back to the point that if parents built a concrete seclusion room in their home for their disabled child and did what some of these educators are doing with restraint and seclusion, they would be arrested for child abuse. So this “time out is argument” to justify seclusion does not hold water.

    In addition there are no studies that indicate that seclusion is an effective means to improve behavior in the long term. As a result of seclusion and restraint, the child’s behavior often gets much worse.

    People who favor seclusion and restraint should talk with the children who are forever emotionally scarred from this inhumane practice. The children are out there – scared of closets, scared of teachers, scared of school.

    We have trusted the boards of education for far too long and look what has happened to these children who were abused while being restrained and secluded. We need to protect the children who cannot protect themselves or who lack the words to speak. Federal laws are needed to ensure the protection of our children.

  22. gamom says:

    In my opinion the only thing that will rectify these problems is to have reform and legislation to nationally ban prone and supine restraints in schools and ban corporal punishment (yes that’s legal in a lot of southern states if one can believe it). Restraints are dangerous and sometimes deadly. Policies are not going to cut it. Civil and criminal immunity issues must be revised as well and a clear and concise way to track educators that abuse students. Until then, I fear not much will change. I have written to my state lawmakers, no one seems to want to touch it. I hope Congressman Miller will do something and do so soon.

  23. Club 166 says:

    If leaving the responsibility in the hands of the states was to have worked, it would have worked years ago.

    These problems are real, and merely having districts and states report their policies does nothing to prevent further abuse. Only a law with teeth in it will change ingrained practices that do nothing to support the individual students, and treat them worse than inmates at Guantanemo.

  24. Stella Grosso says:

    I have been abused in school as well when i was a child and I don’t like my face smashed into the floor, held down for hours and the more i struggled the worse they treated me. I know that when I get older maybe i could do something about it.

  25. Deborah Greenspan says:

    Policies is not the answer. This concept is a red herring, a diversion, a facade, a farce. Schools do not follow the policies they have now, districts do not enforce them, and there is no consequence or recourse. We need laws.

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