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State officials consider new rules on restraint and seclusion in school
New York
The Times Union
Emilie Munson
March 8, 2023

School board gets update on use of restraint and seclusion in district schools
The Valley Reporter
Erika Nichols-Frazer
February 3, 2023

Parents and staff push for more transparency, support at Howard County Public Schools’ emotional disabilities programs
Baltimore Sun
Ethan Ehrenhaft
January 13, 2023

Local activist banned from NHCS board meetings for disruptive behavior to appeal before board
North Carolina
Port City Daily
Brenna Flanagan
January 7, 2023


For the first time, N.J. schools must report how often they lock kids in ‘quiet rooms,’ new rules say
New Jersey
Kelly Heyboer
December 19, 2022

Crisis Prevention Institute and the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint Announce Collaborative Initiatives
Heidi Skinner
December 14, 2022

Crime Stories with Nancy Grace: $$ PRIVATE SCHOOL $$ Forces Boy in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, COMMITS SUICIDE: Says Family
Crime Online/FoxNation
Nancy Grace
November 15, 2022

Seclusion restricted but not gone, activist says the work is not done
North Carolina
Port City Daily
Brenna Flanagan
November 2, 2022

Mother claims non-speaking daughter was secluded, forcibly confined at N.B. school without her consent
Molly Thomas
October 29, 2022

The U.S. regulates how hospitals can use restraint and seclusion. Why not schools?
Emilie Munson
October 27, 2022

Controversial and often used, these little-known practices cause harm, even death, among U.S. schoolchildren
Emilie Munson, Matt Rocheleau, Alex Putterman, Libby Seline, and Alexandra Kanik
October 27, 2022

Texas teacher accused of throwing student against wall still employed with district
Fox7 Austin
Amanda Ruiz Published
October 18, 2022

Michigan tried to limit ‘barbaric’ practice in 2016. Educators used it 94,000 times since
Detroit Free Press
Lily Altavena
October 12, 2022

Bruises, scrapes and trauma: Idaho kids harmed when restrained, secluded in school
Idaho Statesman
Becca Savransky
September 28, 2022

In one Vermont school district, the practice of physically restraining students has drawn scrutiny
Peter D’Auria
September 19, 2022

The community must rally to end restraint and seclusion in schools
Waterbury Roundabout
Amy Coach-Dietz
September 13, 2022

Harwood halts prone restraint for review
Waterbury Roundabout
Lisa Scagliotti
August 29, 2022

Three School Staffers Indicted For 2018 Death Of Autistic Boy, Who Died After Being Restrained For An Hour
Matthew McNulty
July 26, 2022

‘Promote letting go’
The Valley Reporter
Mary Ann Donnelly-DeBay
July 14, 2022

Could Your Child Be Locked in a Seclusion Room at School?
Exceptional Needs Today! magazine
Guy Stephens
July 1, 2022

Maryland curbs use of seclusion, restraint for misbehaving students
The Baltimore Banner
Liz Bowie
June 30, 2022

Inside the quiet rooms: N.J. schools are locking kids in padded rooms. Are they breaking the law?
New Jersey
Kelly Heyboer
June 19, 2022

On restraint and seclusion, ‘we can and must do better’
Waterbury Roundabout
Waterbury, Vermont
Guy Stephens
June 1, 2022

Prone restraint and seclusion are serious issues
The Valley Reporter
Waitsfield, Vermont
Guy Stephens
May 26, 2022

Maryland passes bill that bans seclusion in public schools. It takes effect July 1
WJLA TV 7 Washington
Washington, District of Columbia
Kellye Lynn
April 12, 2022

Hogan will allow bill banning seclusion to become law
The Frederick News-Post
Frederick, Maryland
Jillian Atelsek
April 12, 2022

Bill banning seclusion passes Senate, set for House hearing this week
The Frederick News-Post
Frederick, Maryland
Jillian Atelsek
March 29, 2022

Kids locked away, held down: Investigating ‘seclusion & restraint’ practices at schools
The National Desk: Spotlight on America
Joce Sterman, Alex Brauer, and Andrea Nejman
March 21, 2022

The Therapy Beat: Agitated Kids, Dangerous Punishment: Rethinking the Policy of Seclusion and Restraint
Psychotherapy Networker
Chris Lyford
March/April 2022

Freedom Village USA (Part 3): ‘We shut down Freedom Village’
Finger Lake Times
New York
Mike Hibbard
March 15, 2022

Lawmakers Consider Bill to Ban Seclusion in Maryland Public Schools
Maryland Matters
Elizabeth Shwe
March 14, 2022

The restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities
Phi Delta Kappan
National Professional Journal
Robert Kim
February 28, 2022

‘What can you do?’: Spurred by a parent advocate, Calvert County Schools dramatically reduced seclusion and restraint
Frederick News-Post
Frederick, Maryland
Jillian Atelsek
February 19, 2022

Lawmakers differ on federal role in exclusionary discipline practices
K-12 Dive
National Coverage
Kara Arundel
February 17, 2022

House Subcommittee Hearing on Healthy and Supportive Schools
National Coverage
Congressional Hearing
February 16, 2022

Seclusion rooms incorporated into NHCS’ new school designs
Port City Daily
Wilmington, North Carolina
Alexandria Sands Williams
February 12, 2022


With a child in Idaho foster care, this family felt helpless. So they went to Paris Hilton
Idaho Statesman
Nicole Blanchard
December 12, 2021

New Fairfax schools policy restricts seclusion, restraint of students, but parents worry about training, implementation
Inside NOVA
James Jarvis
December 10, 2021

Frederick, MD, Schools to Drop Seclusion Room Use Per DOJ Agreement
NBC4 Washington
Washington, District of Columbia
Cory Smith
December 2, 2021

A mom takes action after her 5-year-old was put in a chokehold at school
NBC Nightly News
National Coverage
Char Adams
October 5, 2021

Bill heading to Congress to ban seclusion, restraints in schools
NBC Nightly News
National Coverage
Char Adams
May 26, 2021

Senate panel endorses ‘media literacy’ mandate in schools
Capitol News Illinois
Peter Hancock
May 18, 2021

Bill to ban restraints, isolation rooms in Illinois schools advances
The Center Square
Kevin Bessler
April 13, 2021

Sia Admits She ‘Listened to the Wrong People’ About Depictions of Prone Restraint in Her Movie ‘Music’ – Here’s Why They’re Potentially Dangerous
ShowBiz CheatSheet
National Coverage
Laura Dorwort
February 15, 2021

The very real, very painful reasons the autistic community demanded two restraint scenes be removed from Sia’s new film ‘Music’
Washington Post
Washington, District of Columbia
Theresa Vargas
February 10, 2021

Sia quits Twitter after getting slammed by autism advocates for ‘Music’ depictions
New York Daily News
New York
Storm Gillford
February 4, 2021

Files: Site’s resident died after restrained
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Kat Stromquist
January 31, 2021


Deadly Restraints Are Being Used on Children at Youth Homes and Schools
Vice News
National Coverage
Alice Hines and Agnes Walton
November 14, 2020

Restraint and seclusion regulations are finalized. Now it’s time to prohibit their use
Virginia Mercury
Beth Tolley
September 14, 2020


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