Skip to comments.Lawmaker: Stop putting kids in 'scream rooms'
Posted on 02/17/2014 4:47:27 PM PST by Sub-Driver
February 17, 2014, 01:55 pm Lawmaker: Stop putting kids in 'scream rooms'
By Kristina Wong
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is calling for an end to the use of scream rooms to discipline children in U.S. schools.
The Connecticut senator has proposed legislation that would end the practice of physically restraining students or secluding them in padded rooms, after learning that there were more than 30,000 such instances every year in schools across the state.
That way to deal with behavior just does not work. Actually kids dont respond to that, Murphy said in an interview with local news station WTIC.
There are just better ways to deal with behavioral issues than just locking kids up in padded rooms, he said.
The rooms are as small as 4x4 or 6x6, he said.
Murphy said an overuse of restraint or seclusion could lead to mental and physical injury to children as well as to other children witnessing the practice.
Although some children are violent and could be threat to others, many of the children suffer from other conditions that would be best address via mental health programs, school counselors, and psychologists, Murphy said.
Forty percent of the kids that have been restrained or secluded in Connecticut have autism, and a disproportionate number of them have been Latino and black, he added.
Theres very limited instances in which you have to restrain a kid, but there is absolutely no instance in which you have to lock a kid up in a room by himself, Murphy said.
Earlier this month, a Senate Education Committee report called the rooms potentially unsafe and abusive.
A 2012 ABC News investigation found that thousands of autistic and disabled schoolchildren had been injured and dozens died after being restrained by poorly trained teachers and school aides.
In some cases, children were handcuffed, electrically shocked, or locked in padded rooms for hours. A 14-year-old Georgia boy who committed suicide after being repeatedly left alone for hours in a room comparable to a prison cell, ABC News reported.
According to ABC, some teacher and school advocacy groups oppose legislation to regulate the use of restraint, saying it limits their ability to subdue a child who may harm others.
This deserves not only attention from the state legislature, but this is an issue all across the country, and it deserves attention from Congress as well, Murphy said.
what is a scream room? I have never heard of it
Me neither. Our backwards circle still spanks.
Give him a roomful of kindergarten agec kids for a day. Bet you he changes his mind within the first hour...:)
The government has no business in education.
But parents have abdicated that responsibility.
When the meet God and He asks them what they did with the children he gave them, there just won’t be any big groups of government officials standing next to them giving them cover, as much as the parents in this country think (feel) that the government is God.
Any entity that thinks it’s a good idea to teach pre pubescent kids about sex, much less, perverted sex, is not to be trusted with any bit of their care nor education.
Anyone put in seclusion for any length of time, I don’t care how old they are, will not come out of it intact.
You’re one of those people who love to hate kids, forgetting that this country is grooming them to take care of you (or not) in your old age, aren’t you?
My mom used to work in a ‘blow-off room’ in an elementary school, where the kids who just could not handle school were sent when they were disruptive. She was a Teachers’ Aide to the school psychologist. This was during busing in Los Angeles, and most of the kids were black who ended up there - for very good reasons. She didn’t last long.
“In some cases, children were handcuffed, electrically shocked, or locked in padded rooms for hours.”
They can handcuff and shock them, but not expel them? wth?
Get rid of the troublemakers and mentally ill. They’re denying other kids their education.
Actually the states have the right to control education, according to our constitution. The federal government took that right from he states. Nowhere in our constitution does it say the federal government should control constitution.
I’ve taught for 9 years. My mother-in-law taught for 30. Neither of us has heard of a “scream room.”
So, just to be clear, are you saying that parents who send their children to public school (anywhere) are facing eternal damnation for that choice?
That is correct. Both the kids and their parents will respond to having a little corporate punishment.
Killing them in the womb is okay though.
bring back the ruler you get disciplined with the board of education
“Get rid of the troublemakers and mentally ill. Theyre denying other kids their education.”
I have asked my principal whether or not parents of children who actually were there to learn would have legal standing to sue a school or school district over that fact that their child’s education was being hindered on a daily basis because of the time that us teachers have to spend on discipline. She didn’t have an answer for me.
Was there a movie about this.Cookoos Nest???
Maloy is nurse rachet
Welcome to the liberal North east
They PTB know this and that is exactly their intention. The last thing the denizens of Mordor on the Potomac want is educated voters.
I’m saying that parents have primary responsibility for the education of their children.
If a public school works for the education of their children why would that be a problem? Any more than homeschooling a child and not providing proper formation for him in the process.