Target: Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
Goal: End the abuse of physical restraints and isolation in Connecticut public schools.
Children in Connecticut’s public schools have been forced into physical restraints and isolated from their peers at alarming rates, according to a study published recently. Many of the children subjected to these treatments are injured, both physically and mentally. Demand that Connecticut’s governor end these abuses.
According to the report, compiled by a state government task force, schools throughout the state have been overusing physical restraints and forced seclusion against students who have ostensibly misbehaved, especially in cases where those children have intellectual disabilities or other psychological disorders. In just the last three years, Connecticut students have been subjected to these tactics over 90,000 times, with over 1,300 injuries reported as a result of them.
The actual number of these incidents, unfortunately, is probably much higher, as a many school districts nationwide do not report the full numbers to authorities despite being legally obligated to. The study also found that the state’s schools regularly fail to provide sufficient justification for the use of these techniques, leading many to believe that they are employed without due cause.
Thankfully, to address these abuses, the study has proposed a number of positive reformations that could be implemented in Connecticut’s schools. Sign the petition below to demand that Governor Dannel Malloy implement these recommendations so that children in his state are no longer physically and mentally abused.
Dear Governor Malloy,
I am writing you today regarding the study that was recently published by your state’s Office of the Child Advocate. The study has shined a light on abuses that the children in your state are being subjected to at alarming rates, and demands immediate action.
The report highlights the use of physical restraints and seclusion as behavioral techniques to condition students to change their problematic behavior. The trouble is, both techniques are being abused by teachers and school authorities against their students, and especially against those with special needs. One child, for instance, was forcibly restrained over 700 hundreds times in one year. It boggles the mind how that could have been at all necessary, or have had any positive impact on the student and their behavior. The study is riddled with instances like that one and cumulative statistics that demonstrate how many children in your state are unjustifiably subjected to these cruel measures.
While I am sure that these abuses are not unique to your state, you have been given a chance to address them head-on. I demand that you follow through on the recommendations outlined in the study, for the sake of all the public school students in your state.
[Your Name Here]
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