Los Angeles and New York Pin Down School Kids and Then Say It Never Happened


Do You Know a Child Who’s Been Forcibly Restrained at School?
by Heather Vogell and Amanda Zamora
ProPublica, Jun. 19, 2014, 4:00 am
Restraint techniques: A Minnesota Department of Education report documents common restraints, including these basket holds. See more examples in our story on forcible restraints in public schools. (Illustration by Alberto Cairo, Special to Propublica)
Over the last decade, mental health facilities in the United States have shifted away from physically restraining or isolating people to control or discipline them. But at public schools, where these tactics are considered legal under federal law, the practice is shockingly common: In the 2012 school year alone, public schools used restraints or so-called seclusion rooms — in which children are held against their will — at least 267,000 times, according to a ProPublica analysis of federal data.
These cases of forcible restraint included schoolchildren being pinned…

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