Policy Changes Coming After Special-Needs Student Restrained in Bronx School

Policy Changes Coming After Special-Needs Student Restrained in Bronx School

October 1, 2014

Policy changes are coming to New York City schools after a 5-year-old special-needs student was tied up as part of a punishment for acting out at his Bronx school, and the incident was caught on cell phone video. In response to the story, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is not satisfied with the current strategy, and that the use of velcro straps “would be a rarity under our new policy.” The mayor seems to think PS 107 took things too far, even though the initial restraint of Derick Marte falls within current guidelines. But the video, taken by mother Alicia Cabrel, seems to show the agents restraining the child even after the perceived danger had subsided. The guidelines state that restraints can be used only when the child’s behavior “poses imminent danger of serious physical harm to self or others.”

Read more: http://7online.com/education/changes-coming-after-special-needs-student-restrained-in-bronx-school/332535/

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