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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Seclusion and Restraint in Indiana

A bill in Congress would restrict the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. An Indiana case will heighten awareness of the practice:
The mother of an 8-year-old boy with autism is suing Indianapolis Public Schools after she said her son was tied to a chair by a teacher's aide.

Jennifer Robbins said she went to William Penn Elementary School on Jan. 14 for a conference and found her son, Hudson, belted to a chair in the corner of his classroom, 6News' Joanna Massee reported.

"It was wrapped around and tied twice in a double knot," said Robbins, who described the mostly non-verbal boy as looking disheveled and as if he had been crying.