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    Families Against Restraint and Seclusion

    National Disability Rights Network Releases Shocking Report 1/13/2009 on Seclusion and Restraint in U.S. Schools
    REPORT : School is Not Supposed to Hurt

    U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) Discusses New Report on Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Schools at 1/13/09 Press Conference in Washington D.C.

    Awareness video on Restraint and Seclusion that was sent to the National Disability Rights Network on 01/16/2009.
    Restraint and Seclusion Behind Closed Doors 1-23-09

    U.S. Representative George Miller Asks GAO to Investigate Cases of Abuse and Neglect of Schoolchildren
    January 27, 2009 2:21 PM
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, today asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to further investigate recent reports of seclusion and restraint of children in public and private schools across the country. Miller’s committee plans to hold a hearing on these practices in the coming months.
    Earlier this month, the National Disability Rights Network released a report detailing hundreds of cases where abusive uses of seclusion and restraint by school staff injured or traumatized schoolchildren, many with disabilities. The report revealed cases where students were abusively pinned to the floor, handcuffed, locked in closets, and subjected to other acts of violence. In some of the cases, children died.

    As Miller noted in his letter to GAO today, a prior GAO investigation conducted at Miller’s request uncovered thousands of similar cases of abuse at teen residential treatment facilities across the country. GAO’s work laid the groundwork for legislation to address these abuses, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008 (H.R. 6358), which the House passed in June.

    “Unfortunately, vulnerable children and teens are being abused all too often in other contexts,” Miller wrote. “To assist in the Committee’s ongoing efforts to help protect our children, I specifically request that FSI investigate the use of restraint, seclusion, and harmful aversive handling of children and youth in private and public schools.”

    Report: Kids are restrained, secluded
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS January 13, 2009
    WASHINGTON -- School children across the U.S. have been injured or killed when they were restrained or secluded, a disability rights group says. A
    House committee announced a hearing on the issue.

    The National Disability Rights Network, in a report Tuesday, identified cases across the country in which children, many of them with disabilities,
    were traumatized, injured or killed at school.

    For example, 15-year-old Michigan boy with autism died while being restrained by four school employees, the report said.

    In another case, a 13-year-old Georgia boy hanged himself in a locked concrete seclusion room after pleading with teachers not to isolate him for
    hours at a time.

    The group said its report "is clearly just the tip of the iceberg" because the government doesn't have any system of collecting data about these

    Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, said he would schedule a hearing on the issue.

    "This report raises serious questions about the treatment of school children, the qualifications and training of staff, and what actions have
    been taken to address these unconscionable practices," Miller said. "No child should be at risk or in danger while at school, no matter what the circumstances."


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