11 Aug '12, 7pm

Ohio and Florida Public Schools Lock Mentally Disabled Children in Closets

Ohio and Florida Public Schools Lock Mentally Disabled Children in Closets

To discipline misbehaving students, public schools in Ohio and Florida regularly send children to “seclusion” — isolation in a locked cell-like room, old office, or closet, NPR’s State Impact reports . Many of these children are special needs students and their parents are not always told of this disciplinary practice. Ohio schools — where seclusion is almost completely unregulated — sent students to seclusion rooms 4,236 times in the 2009-2010 school year. Sixty percent of these students had disabilities. Florida schools secluded students 4,637 times in 2010-2011 and 4,193 in 2011-2012. 42 percent of seclusions were for pre-K through 3rd graders. In the 2011-2012 school year, 300 seclusions lasted more than an hour. The state has just three stipulations for using seclusion rooms: teachers may not choke or suffocate students, the room must be approved by a fire marshal, an...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/ohio-and-florida-public-schoo...

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