Every parent with a child in the public school system is given a piece of paper (among the thousands we receive yearly) that informs us that our child may be restrained in school. Unfortunately, we assume that it will be gently and not barbaric. However, after watching ABC news, I am terrified to send my kid to school. I have known about “seclusion rooms” that children were put in but I wasn’t aware that there is no time limit as to how long they are allowed to leave a child locked in this padded box. I was also appalled to find out that teachers are using “skin shock therapy.” Really?
Sixty volts of electricity pulsing through a child for misbehaving is acceptable behavior? Has anyone bothered to think of the fact that being violent towards the children will only make them more angry? Instead why don’t we educate our teachers more in depth about sensory sensitivities, and wholeness and completion issues? Maybe then the kids won’t meltdown in the first place or can get the appropriate help they need when they do have a meltdown. I would much rather see Temple Grandin’s “squeeze machine” be put into schools then money spent on “seclusion rooms.” Thankfully, one man in the video seems to understand children’s needs and treat them humanely. I encourage you all to watch ABC News special. It is very heartbreaking but we need to keep our kids safe. I encourage everyone to support the law that will help keep our kids safe if they do need to be restrained. Please watch the ABC News Special to draw your own conclusions.