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Watchdog: Little Oversight, Children Injured in CT Public School "Scream Rooms"

Another reason to avoid government schools


Children with special education needs were injured in 840 instances as they were being physically restrained or secluded during the 2011-12 school year. The numbers, from the State Department of Education, mean that a child is injured during one of every 25 incidents of emergency physical restraint or seclusion.

And Connecticut's advocates for children and those with disabilities report that the state is failing to monitor and curb these practices.

The findings by the Office of the Child Advocate and Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities follow a yearlong investigation into the state's role in the "scream rooms" at an elementary school in Middletown.