Thousands of Kids put in Restraints or Seclusion Each Year in Virginia schools
Strapped to a chair at the arms and legs. A hood pulled over your head.
For Virginia parents, a state investigation’s findings earlier this year on the treatment of immigrant teens in a detention center was a wake up call.
The use of physical restraint, mechanical restraints and seclusion on children shocked many; but investigators concluded that abuse did not occur, because such treatment is within legal guidelines in Virginia.
What many parents did not realize is that much of the same use of restraint and seclusion — including strapping teenagers to chairs and locking them in seclusion rooms — is also allowed in public schools throughout the Commonwealth.
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