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Mon Jun 23, 2014, 12:49 PM

Violent and Legal: The Shocking Ways School Kids Are Being Pinned Down, Isolated Against Their Will


Violent and Legal: The Shocking Ways School Kids Are Being Pinned Down, Isolated Against Their Will

Monday, 23 June 2014 10:44
By Heather Vogell, ProPublica | Report


The room where they locked up Heather Luke's 10-year-old son had cinder block walls, a dim light and a fan in the ceiling that rattled so insistently her son would beg them to silence it.

Sometimes, Carson later told his mother, workers would run the fan to make him stop yelling. A thick metal door with locks—which they threw, clank-clank-clank—separated the autistic boy from the rest of the decrepit building in Chesapeake, Virginia, just south of Norfolk.

The room that officials benignly called the "quiet area" so agitated the tall and lanky blond boy that one day in March 2011, his mother said, Carson flew into a panic at the mere suggestion of being confined there after an outburst. He had lashed out, hitting, scratching and hurling his shoes. Staff members held him down, then muscled him through the hallway and attempted to lock him in, yet again.

But this time, the effort went awry. Staffers crushed Carson's hand while trying to slam the door. A surgeon later needed to operate to close the bleeding half-moon a bolt had punched into his left palm. The wound was so deep it exposed bone. ....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24530-violent-and-legal-the-shocking-ways-school-kids-are-being-pinned-down-isolated-against-their-will



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