The Problem With Seclusion In The School System
Thousands of students are being put into seclusion rooms every year
More parents are speaking out about the use of physical restraint and seclusion in schools. Some of these practices allow teachers to strap down unruly students to chairs as well as isolate them in different rooms away from their classmates. It can be a traumatizing way to discipline a child, some say, believing it to be an ineffective and cruel method, especially when it’s against the law in some states. In fact, only 18 states require that parents be notified when their child has been restrained, which worries parents even more.
However, supporters of the system are questioning the safety of their children from students who pose imminent danger to school personnel or classmates. According to a 2012 report from the American Association of School Administrators, “the use of seclusion and restraint has enabled many students with serious emotional or behavioral conditions to be educated not only within our public schools, but also in the least restrictive and safest environments possible.” Do you agree?