School should be a safe place where our children are nurtured academically, emotionally and socially. Students of any age, race, gender and ability should be treated with respect and dignity.
Students is many school districts across the state risk being subjected to traumatizing, dehumanizing and dangerous procedures known as restraint and seclusion.
According to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, at least 60 school districts in Mississippi used restraint and seclusion techniques on children during the 2013-2014 school year. This data includes children with disabilities as well as those without disabilities. In Mississippi, 1,912 incidents of restraint and/or seclusion were reported in the 2013-2014 school year. This represents a 581% increase in the number of reported incidents since the 2009-2010 school year (329 reported incidents) involving the use of averse practices on students by school personnel throughout the state. It is likely that many other incidents were unreported.
In 2016, the Mississippi Department of Education established the restraint and seclusion policy, providing for minimum standards for the use of the techniques.
Learn more at www.keepstudentssafems.org.