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March 14, 2012

Students Restrained More Often

Students with physical/mental challenges are more likely to be restrained.  These results come from 72,000+ schools across country.  These findings were presented by the US Department of Education.

“(The_Department_of_Education) has not provided any meaningful leadership to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion - despised the fact that students are continuing to be confined, tied up, pinned down, battered and nearly killed on a regular basis," said Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network, in the organization's latest report.

These findings were released the same time as the National Disability Rights Network also published a law against restraint tactics.  This topic of restraint has been discussed since 2009.  Since then, Congress has tried to pass laws unsuccessfully against this practice.

These reports also indicated that boys were twice as more likely to be suspended than girls.  Students of racial decent other than Caucasian were also restrained more frequently.  Students with mental/physical challenges were twice more likely to receive out of school suspensions than able-bodied students.

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