Report: Illinois Public School Teachers Unlawfully Lock Up Kids
Added 11-19-19 06:20:03pm EST - “An investigation from the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois found disturbing abuses of the controversial practice of confining children with behavioral problems and mental disabilities.” - Freebeacon.com
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An investigation from the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois found disturbing abuses of the controversial practice of confining school children with behavioral problems and mental disabilities.
While Illinois has not joined other states in banning child confinement altogether, Illinois teachers and administrators repeatedly violated state rules on so-called timeout rooms, locking kids up for such problems as spilling milk and shouting, the Tribune reports. Administrators describe these spaces as "reflection rooms" and use other euphemisms, but reporters looked into more than 20,000 incidents from the 2017-18 school year and found many instances of children with disabilities being traumatized by extended periods in solitary confinement—including one who was locked up for 10 hours.
"In the nearly 50,000 pages of reports reporters reviewed about Illinois students in seclusion, school workers often keep watch over children who are clearly in distress," the article states. "They dutifully document kids urinating and spitting in fear or anger and then being ordered to wipe the walls clean and mop the floors."
Education professor Scot Danforth told the Tribune that teachers may have justified keeping students in confinement because they saw many of the children as "defective" due to their disabilities.
"You really have to believe that you're dealing with people who are deeply defective [to put children in timeout rooms]. And that's what the staff members tell each other," said Danforth, a professor at Chapman University in California. "You can do it because of who you're doing it to."
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