The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), known to parents of children across America as their states’ Protection and Advocacy agencies, has issued a formal call to action with their January 2009 report, “School is Not Supposed to Hurt: Investigative Report on Abusive Restraint and Seclusion in Schools.”
Parents are supposed to send their children to school with the basic belief they will return home; safe, sound and without physical or emotional signs of abuse. This is not the case for thousands of America’s students with disabilities in both public and private classrooms in schools that cross all socio-economic lines. Physical and emotional abuse, seclusion, restraint, physical harm and even death, has no idea if your child is attending a private or public school; if this school is located in an urban, rural or suburban area, or if it is wealthy, middle class or economically-disadvantaged.
So what is “seclusion and restraint?”
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