From St Lucie County in Florida comes another story of inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint. Children with disabilities can be secluded and physically restrained in Florida public schools. This abuse of our children needs to stop.
A First grader was handcuffed and taken to a mental health facility. This is a First grader a child who is 7 or maybe 8 years old.
His hands were handcuffed behind him by the Sherriff and he was taken to the local mental health facility where he was baker acted.
The child was restrained after and incident with another student.
Realize that restraints can only be used if the child is a threat to self or others. The child has to pose a serious threat of bodily harm. How does a 7 or 8 year old who weighs less than 60 pounds create a life threatening incident?
The facts are still unclear. The parents are having a hard time finding what exactly happened. This despite the fact that new Florida legislation requires the school to file a detailed report with the State for all restraint incidents. Parents are also required to be notified.
A representative for the school district declined issued this statement: “The school district and school staff are continuing to work with the family for the best educational opportunity for the child and in his best interest.”
Translate that into – the school does not want to be sued but will really not do anything to help educate this child.
We need to stop abusing our children in our public schools. School is not supposed to hurt.
Keep squeaking those wheels. Do not put up with abuse of our children.