Use Of Seclusion Rooms Upheld
Federal education officials are standing behind a North Carolina school’s right to confine students with disabilities in seclusion rooms.
In a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights earlier this year, a North Carolina family argued that their 5-year-old’s civil rights were violated when he was placed in a seclusion room at school.
The family — who wished to remain anonymous — said the rooms were only being used for special education students, making them “discriminatory.”
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But in concluding their investigation in late August, the Education Department found that the school district acted in compliance with regulations.
Now, local school officials say they will proceed with their existing policies, which allow for seclusion in cases where a student “poses a threat of imminent physical harm to self or others,” reports the Wilmington (N.C.) StarNews. To read more click here.