TASH Releases Position Statement on Cameras in Schools

TASH Releases Position Statement on Cameras in Schools

TASH has been at the forefront of ending restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools for many years. So, why not support the use of cameras in classrooms? TASH believes that placing cameras in classrooms could lead to new and more entrenched types of discrimination and abuse. In late January, TASH released a new position statement, Will Cameras in Classrooms Make Schools Safer?, urging caution and describing the unexplored dangers of having video cameras in schools.

The New Face of Punishment in the Public Schools

The New Face of Punishment in the Public Schools

Noted conservative attorney and activist, John Whitehead, shares his perspective on restraint and seclusion in school districts across the country in his editorial, “Handcuffs, Leg Shackles and Tasers: The New Face of Punishment in the Public Schools.”  Whitehead’s testament proves that opposition to these dangerous practices comes from both sides of the political spectrum.

In this article, Whitehead describes the dangers of restraint and seclusion. With schools who implement Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) still as the minority,  children who act out are more likely to become victims of restraint and seclusion.  Whitehead expresses similarities between our nation’s schools and the American police state.

“Clearly, the pathology that characterizes the American police state has passed down to the schools,” says Whitehead.  “Now in addition to the government and its agents viewing the citizenry as suspects to be probed, poked, pinched, tasered, searched, seized, stripped and generally manhandled, all with the general blessing of the court, our children in the public schools are also fair game.”

Click here, to read the full article.

TASH Model State Bill on Restraint & Seclusion

TASH Model State Bill on Restraint & Seclusion

TASH has led the fight against the use of aversive behavioral interventions for many years. Last year, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights data collection reported that restraint and seclusion use is climbing in public schools. Use is disproportionate: 75% of all incidents involve students with disabilities, and children of color with and without disabilities are twice as likely to be targeted compared to other students. Research tells us that restraint and seclusion serves no benefit, and is traumatic and dangerous for children and for staff.

Last year, the Keeping All Students Safe Act in the House and Senate generated 70 co-sponsors total, but did not pass. Less than half of the states have enforceable protections against the non-emergency use of restraint and seclusion for all children. To respond to this lack of protections in states, TASH and our partner organizations (COPAA, NDRN and other members of APRAIS) drafted this model state bill.  View key components of the model state bill.

Most state legislatures are now in session. If your state does not have meaningful and enforceable protections in place for students (assess your state here), please consider working with other advocates in your state to introduce this bill and work toward its passage.

More information, including a compelling video of restraint and seclusion stories, research articles, position papers, and parent resources, can be found at http://stophurtingkids.com.

Bill Lichtenstein’s article, ” Exercising Restraint”

Bill Lichtenstein’s article, ” Exercising Restraint”

Proposed federal legislation would curtail the use of dangerous—and sometimes deadly—restraint and seclusion practices in classrooms nationwide…

Bill Lichtenstein, former investigative producer for ABC News 20/20, World News Tonight and Nightline, founder of  LCMedia, and father who’s child was subjected to restraint and seclusion, shares his perspective on the use of these damaging practices in schools.  For two years, Lichtenstein has followed the evolution controversy surrounding restraint and seclusion as a journalist and father.  This article answers questions ranging from “what is restraint and seclusion in schools?” to “what about the parents who speak up?”

Click here to read the full article.

 

Action Alert

Action Alert

ASK CONGRESS TO SUPPORT BILL TO PREVENT DANGEROUS RESTRAINT & SECLUSION

National Call-In Day, June 12

Restraint and Seclusion are practices used in public schools that have killed, injured, and traumatized students. More than 20 children have died, according to a Congressional agency report.  At least 107,000 students were subjected to restraint and seclusion in isolation rooms, according to data from the 2011-12 school year. To prevent these practices and protect students and staff, Senators Tom Harkin and Chris Murphy have introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act in the Senate (S. 2036) and Representatives George Miller and Gregg Harper have introduced the House bill (H.R. 1893).

ACT NOW!!

On June 12 (or during that week—)

  • Call your senators today—US capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121—and urge them to co-sponsor the KEEPING ALL STUDENTS SAFE ACT, S. 2036.  (Leave a voicemail if no one answers).

Sample Message: “Please cosponsor the Keeping All Students Safe Act, S.2036, and protect all American students nationwide from restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools.”

  • Call your Representative today (202-224-3121) and ask him/her to COSPONSOR the KEEPING ALL STUDENTS SAFE ACT, HR 1893. (Leave a voicemail if no one answers).

Sample Message: “Please cosponsor the Keeping All Students Safe Act, S.2036, and protect all American students nationwide from restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools.”

Make sure Congress hears from thousands of parents, people with disabilities, students, advocates, professionals, friends, families, and neighbors so they will ACT!

Get Social!

Facebook: Act Now! National Call-In Day is June 12th.

Help keep all students safe at school.  Call your senators and representatives today (202-224-3121) and urge them to co-sponsor the Keeping All Students Safe Act S. 2036.  Follow the link below to read more http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09719t.pdf or visit www.facebook.com/stophurtingkids

Twitter: Call your senators and representatives today (202-224-3121) and urge them to co-sponsor the Keeping All Students Safe Act. National Call-In Day June 12. #stopRS

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Senate Bill S. 2036 and Senate Committee Description
House Bill H.R. 1893 and House Statement
http://stophurtingkids.com
Find your Laws in My State’s Seclusion and Restraint Laws
GAO Report and Education Department Data Snapshot