Report raises ‘significant concern’ with use of restraints, seclusion in schools

Mental HealthHARTFORD, Conn. – A 4-year-old boy identified with a developmental delay was physically restrained by school staff after he “threw (puzzle) pieces on the floor and across the room” while playing with a puzzle on a classroom rug.

An elementary school student was put into seclusion after “swinging her coat at staff.”

These are among hundreds of incidents – deemed “emergencies” by school personnel – that warranted restraining and isolating pre-school and elementary school students in Connecticut last year. A new report by the state Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) raises “significant concern” regarding the frequency with which young children with autism and other disabilities are restrained or secluded; lapses in documentation or actual compliance with state laws; and the prevalence of “unidentified and unmet educational needs for children subject to forceful or isolative measures.”

See the complete story at Connecticut Health I-Team



One response to “Report raises ‘significant concern’ with use of restraints, seclusion in schools”

  1. Jubilantjudy

    This is an excellent report from the Office of the Child Advocate. Looking beyond the “PC” language, it tells the story that in CT our educational system throws our most vulnerable kids into solitary confinement. If you are already numb to the plight of the mentally ill locked up in our prisons, please realize it is all connected and FEEL THIS!!

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