$450,000 Settlement in Teacher Restraints and Seclusion Case
In January 2020, news broke about a $450,000 Settlement in a Teacher Abuse Case between Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) and the parents of a child with autism who was restrained and locked in a "seclusion room" by his special ed teacher.
School staff at Southeast Raleigh High School observed M.C., a special education teacher, behaving aggressively to one of his students. The staff reported M.C.'s behavior to the principal but M.C. continued to teach. The principal disciplined the staff who reported M.C.'s behavior.
M.C. converted a storage room into a "calm down" room for his students, then began to restrain, isolate, and use aversive measures with S.L. in the storage room.
The staff created a record of M.C.'s actions with videos and photographs which they shared with S.L.'s parents.
In $450,000 Settlement in Teacher Abuse Case, you will see how school administrators covered up abuse incidents, violated state legal requirements about restraints, seclusion, and isolation, and the requirements about notifying parents.
You'll also learn about mandatory reporters - who they are, what they are required to do — and if YOU are one.
While working on this story, we read other settlements and cases about restraint and seclusion and discovered an article about the same school district in a similar case about restraints and seclusion . . . on the Wrightslaw Way blog!
See Handcuffs? Bruises? Lawsuit Against Wake County Schools.
If you are dealing with a restraint and/or seclusion issue, go to our motherload of information and resources at the Restraints, Seclusion and Abuse page.
If your child is being restrained at school - or you fear this will happen - read Parent Request: No Restraints letter.
Download the sample "no restraints" letter and tailor it to your child's circumstances. Send your letter to the school principal and send a copy the special ed director.
DOJ Settles with Child Care Providers that “Dis-enrolled” Children with Diabetes
On February 3, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into settlement agreements with two child care providers for discriminating against young children as they were being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Cold folks.
These child care centers failed to modify their programs to accommodate the needs of these children and “dis-enrolled” the children soon after they were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a violation of the ADA.
Resolving Parent-School Disputes
If you've attended a Wrightslaw training program, you probably remember our statement that "Conflict is normal and predictable."
About 95% of the audience expressed a strong belief that conflict between parents and school staff was unhealthy -- that members of these groups should be able to work together peacefully, keeping the child's interests paramount. As we asked questions about conflict in other settings, you realized why we said "Conflict is normal and predictable.
In Chapter 6 of Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, you learn more about factors that fuel conflict and about strategies you can use to resolve parent-school conflict and disputes.