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Carson Luke, a young boy with autism, shattered bones in his hand and foot after educators grabbed him and tried to shut him into a “scream room.” Kids across the country risked similar harm at least 267,000 times in just one school year. More »

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Federal Investigators Crack Down on Two Virginia Schools’ Use of Restraints

Investigators found that children were being regularly pinned down or isolated and that their education was suffering as a result.

Meet the Groups Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

Republicans say it is a matter of states' rights.

Transcript: Should Public Schools be Free to Pin Down Students?

Highlights from our live discussion on the widespread restraint and seclusion of U.S. schoolchildren

Violent and Legal: The Shocking Ways School Kids are Being Pinned Down, Isolated Against Their Will

Carson Luke, a young boy with autism, shattered bones in his hand and foot after educators grabbed him and tried to shut him into a “scream room.” Kids across the country risked similar harm at least 267,000 times in just one school year.

Journalists: How to Report on Restraints in U.S. Schools

A ProPublica guide to reporting on restraint and seclusion in public schools — sign up to be matched with tips and sources in your state.

Can Schools in Your State Pin Kids Down? Probably.

Many states have little regulation or oversight of such practices. This map shows where your state stands.

Do You Know a Child Who’s Been Forcibly Restrained at School?

Help ProPublica investigate the use of forcible holds and seclusion in public schools by sharing your story.

Restraint Techniques

A Minnesota Department of Education report shows these three common restraints. So-called prone restraints are known to restrict breathing and can be lethal to children. About half of states don’t have a law prohibiting public schools from using such restraints.

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