Suspend Seclusion & Restraint
  • Petitioned Elizabeth S. Redenbaugh, Esq.

This petition was delivered to:

New Hanover County School Board
Elizabeth S. Redenbaugh, Esq.
New Hanover County School Board
Edward B. Higgins, Jr. Esq.
New Hanover County School Board
Derrick G. Hickey, MD
New Hanover County School Board
Dorothy DeShields
New Hanover County School Board
Janice A. Cavenaugh
New Hanover County School Board
Jeannette S. Nichols
New Hanover County School Board
Donald S. Hayes, Chairman
New Hanover County School Board
New Hanover County Schools - Wilmington, North Carolina
North Carolina Governor
North Carolina State House
U.S. Senate
North Carolina State Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Suspend Seclusion & Restraint

    1. Ben Brown
    2. Petition by

      Ben Brown

      wilmington, NC

The school system uses seclusion and restraint exclusively against special education students. This is a violation of the student's Civil Rights, an official complaint has been filed by the parents of a 5 year old child and can be found at http://www.nc.fearfreeeducation.org .

Since most children diagnosed with Autism are incorporated in the special-ed community because of their special needs, and this diagnosis is reaching epidemic proportions, more and more children will be subjected to the cruel and inhumane practice of seclusion. There is no training for this and there is not a single peer reviewed scientific study that indicates that by forcing a child with autism into a room or any area at school and prevented from leaving makes the continued use of this "de-escalation technique" safe. According to a 2009 Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, restraints and seclusion have resulted in physical injury and psychological trauma to thousands of students in public and private schools throughout the country, nearly all of them students with disabilities. Estimates from the GAO are that over 200 students have died due to seclusion and restraints being used in schools over the past five years.

We think it responsible as parents to demand that this practice stop immediately before one more child is injured or killed from it.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. We have received a great deal of support from all over the country.

      Ben Brown
      Petition Organizer

      There is a US Senate bill that has been introduced that will create a federal law establishing regulations regarding the use of seclusion and restraint for all schools accepting federal funding to adhere to.

    2. Met our goal of 300!

      Ben Brown
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for such support. We are extremely grateful to each of you for taking the time to sign on. The goal has automatically jumped up to 500. Would be nice to keep it going and see exactly how far it will go. Thanks again!

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. We are nearly half way to our goal of 300 signatures.

      Ben Brown
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your support and advocacy for this important cause. Sunday night when we started this petition we had no idea the response would be so great. We are already almost half way to our goal. Please encourage your friends sign on with us.

    5. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Brianne Meredith RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      My son was injured while at school recently

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    • Carolyn Medina HESPERIA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      my son has suffered this corporal punishment for 2 years in his autism school. now he is severely injured from effects of this

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    • Rose Walker FOUR OAKS, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Have a son who has reapeatly place in seclusion and restraints since he entered kindergarden in 2010- 11 till this 2011-2012 school year. and they are doing nothing to prevent it

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    • JoEllen Fortenberry STOCKTOJN, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I love children.

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    • Derrick Jeffries PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      Because if it's not okay to do to other students, then why is it okay to do to SpEd students? Duh!

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