Activists Seek To Curtail Restraining Students

Tens of thousands of students are strapped down or physically restrained in school. Disability advocates hope that a new Education Department report detailing the practice of "seclusion and restraint" will spur federal action to curtail it.

The report reveals that 70 percent of students subjected to the techniques have disabilities. It was released by the department's civil rights arm for the first time.

Secluding and restraining kids is controversial, and there are no federal standards on its use in schools.

The American Association of School Administrators says using these techniques as a last resort in volatile situations protects students and faculty from physical harm.

They say it also keeps some children in schools who might otherwise go into residential institutions.

Advocates say the use has led to abuse.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM
    Special Ed classes need more funding and staffing if the state wants to avoid costly law suits.
  • by parent Location: greenville on Mar 11, 2012 at 05:27 AM
    As a parent of a disabled child, I find this practice barbaric and causes further emotional and possible physical harm to the disabled child. My child like many other disabled ones, is mainstreamed and does not belong there.I fight the system, and get nowhere because there is no funding for these kids. Not all governement funding goes to them. It is put into the regular budget and used by all kids. My child is picked on every day in those classes and when he has had enough and reacts, it's his fault, not the kids who have bullied him non stop.Regardless of the fact that his test scores show he doesn't belong in a regular classroom. He's supposed to be just like everyone else. I've even had my child sit in school every day under threat of arrest because he needed to do work he did not understand. Why??? Because the teacher and the principal were only worried about their test scores, and not my child. Maybe some of these so called "educators" should have some compassion for the disabled child in their class who they know does not belong there and actually help them.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2012 at 04:44 AM
    I know some Special Ed teachers and Assistants that have permanent scars on their hands and arms as the result of working with students that bite and scratch. restraints should only be used when neccessary but the health of the staff should also be considered.
  • by Experienced Location: Issues on Mar 10, 2012 at 08:18 PM
    I have seen students with special needs bite a person's arm to the point of severe bleeding, throw and break furniture, light fires, curse, throw food and fecal matter, among many other issues. Being restrained is sometimes an unwanted need in the chaos they can inflict in a public classroom. It is time for those hurt by these students to stand up for their rights to not be abused or hurt. Students should of course get their education, but they should not be allowed to maim those around the in the process.
  • by Native on Mar 10, 2012 at 04:57 PM
    Maybe now the federal government, who controls the program for exceptional children and the funding, will realize the mistake they made by implementing a main streaming of these students in normal classrooms. EC teachers are in the room with the regular ed teacher to assist those EC students and aid in maintaining control. I, as a public school employee, have watch these EC students struggle with the main streaming process. Many of these students are not capable of the normal curriculumn. This has caused undue hardship on those students and in some cases has sparked this type of reaction by the EC students. Change is NOT always a good thing!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 at 04:39 PM
    Regulation is needed, "seclusion" otherwise known as solitary confinement is what we use for discipline for violent criminals, not children.
  • by Safety First on Mar 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM
    So, in a public setting, like a school, going on a rampage is ok? Because going on a rampage in other public places can place you in restraints called handcuffs. Or better yet, put them in a regular classroom where they can harm teachers and students, but anyone who tries to stop them will be in the wrong, and receive a punishment, that almost seems logical. Do people really think about all sides to th story before they join a side? Yes, restraints should be limited, but not eliminated.
  • by John Thomas Location: Greenville on Mar 10, 2012 at 02:42 PM
    We need some advocates for the nondisabled students who have their classrooms disrupted by the students who need to be restrained.
  • by Retired teacher on Mar 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM
    Then let the advocates go and handle the student that is screaming at the top of his lungs, throwing furniture across the room,swearing like a sailor, and trying to hit whomever is closest. Where are the rights of the students and teachers that are in class with these violent students???? Students being restrained are often prevented from hurting themselves as well as other people around them... What are the alternatives that the advocates are suggesting???
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    The students that are violent enough to have to be restrained, should not be in school endangering others to start with. These children after the first violent outburst that endangers others, should be removed from the school for good.
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