WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate committee report released Wednesday raises concerns over whether parents are informed when their children are strapped down, physically restrained or placed in seclusion in school to punish or control them.

The review by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee was based on several cases in which the practice known as “seclusion and restraint” was used. The cases highlighted included one in which closet-like rooms at an elementary school in Middletown, Ct., were allegedly used to leave children alone who were said to misbehave and another in which court records indicated a 7-year-old in a New Orleans school was handcuffed.

“When parents are told or discover their children have been subjected to these practices, it often explains why they have seen changes in their child’s temperament, behavior or learning,” the report said.


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