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[under development] Regulations Governing the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 750]
Action Promulgating new regulation governing seclusion & restraint in public elementary & secondary schools
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 4/19/2019
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4/18/19  7:52 pm
Commenter: Heather Luke

Restraint and Seclusion....the lifelong impact

Thank you for the opportunity to share written comments.  I was honored to make public comment during the recent BOE meeting.  On behalf of my son, Carson Luke, I would like to emphasize the lasting impact these practices have on children.  My son was 10 years old in March 2011, when he had 2 bones in his hand broken, an open wound fracture requiring immediate surgery and a bone broken in his foot while at a Regional Public School in Chesapeake, VA, SECEP.  Yes, he was having a behavioral incident but what seems to be lost in the conversation is that he was a CHILD with known disabilities who was surrounded by multiple adults hell bent on forcing him into a concrete cell.  The years of therapy have brought to light the myriad of times he was put into the cell and taunted by staff.  He is now 18 years old, has not been aggressive in many years and still suffers from significant PTSD.  He missing many days of school after being kept awake at nights with, what he calls, the "SECEP monsters."  Eight years later and he still suffers from the archaic practices that are currently legal in Virginia.  I continue to hold out hope that those who have the ability to change this practice will do so.  Each year that passes causes my hope to fade....Please consider prohibiting all seclusion and prone restraint.  I promise you that robust PBIS programs and staff who are committed will find the school environment markedly improved.  

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