by Heather Vogell, ProPublica, June 19, 2014, 5 a.m.
Sometimes, Carson later told his mother, workers would run the fan to make him stop yelling. A thick metal door with lockswhich they threw, clank-clank-clank separated the autistic boy from the rest of the decrepit building in Chesapeake, Virginia, just south of Norfolk.
But such limits don’t apply to public schools.
Definitions and Terms
- Restraints are any holds in which a student’s ability to move their head, torso, arms or legs are limited.
- “Mechanical” restraints use something like straps, handcuffs or bungee cords to do the restraining.
- “Seclusion” refers to situations in which a student is confined against their will in a room they are prevented from leaving — often with a locked door. This is different from a “time out” in which a student is separated from others to allow him or her a chance to calm down. Link