How Public Schools Treat Special Needs Students: Handcuffs, ‘Scream Rooms’ And Duct Tape

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U.S. public schools have become houses of horror for many special needs students. According to the Virginia Commission on Youth, special needs students account for only 12 percent of all public school students in the United States, but they “represent 75 percent of those physically restrained and 58 percent of those secluded“. At some schools, physical restraints used on special needs children include handcuffs, duct tape and bungee cords. And often the scream rooms that these children are “isolated” in are so horrifying that it scars many of them for life. One of the key measures for any society is how it treats those that are most vulnerable. And the way that we are treating our special needs children is sorely lacking. Hopefully articles like this one will help bring awareness and change.

Yes, there are some education professionals that have a real heart for special needs kids and that do a great job working with them.

Unfortunately, there simply is not enough of them.

A lot of public school officials that end up dealing with special needs children have received little or no specialized training, and the consequences can be absolutely disastrous.

For example, just check out the ordeal that one poor 13-year-old autistic boy endured in Virginia

An autistic boy has described how his teachers would pin him down, drag him through a hallway and lock him in a concrete ‘scream room’.

Carson Luke still has nightmares about the harrowing experience four years ago at a school for the disabled in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The 13-year-old was sent into the secluded chamber – hidden behind metal doors and separated from the main school building – after an aggressive outburst in 2011.

When he was inside workers turned on a ventilation fan to drown out his screaming.

The ordeal were so haunting the youngster would fly into a panic when the room was talked about.

Can you imagine?

In one instance, officials at the school broke the boy’s hand as they were forcing him inside the “scream room”…

One on occasion, faculty members broke his hand after trapping it in the heavy door as they tried to force him inside. The wound was so deep the bone was exposed and he required surgery.

He told his story as newly-released documents from the Department of Education reveal some teachers use handcuffs, bungee cords and duct tapes to restrain students.

I would never allow my child to go to a school where they would employ such tactics.

But these days most parents have no idea what is going on at school. They just assume that their children are being treated with respect.

At the school that this young boy attended, “seclusion” was used on kids a whopping 559 times during 2011, and physical restraints were used 177 times.

In other cases elsewhere in the nation, special needs children are being openly mocked and ridiculed.

Sometimes even the teachers join in.

Just check out the following example from the state of Illinois

Stephen Davis, 15, a freshman at Streamwood High School in Illinois, watched in horror as a cartoon-like sketch with buck teeth, hairy ears, bloodshot eyes, tentacles, a scar and a runny nose was labeled as ‘Stephen’s ugly ass’ by a substitute teacher, who did this in front of his entire math class.

Davis, who weighs 330 pounds, recorded the entire incident on his phone, leaving no doubt as to what the teacher did.

A YouTube video of this recording is posted below…

All of this is very shocking, but it did not occur in a vacuum. The truth is that these are just more symptoms of the overall moral decay that is eating away at our society like a cancer. We don’t treat special needs children with the kindness, love and respect they deserve because our hearts are growing cold and wicked.

Another issue that deserves to be addressed is why there are so many special needs kids in our schools today.

When I was growing up, I did not know of a single special needs child in our neighborhood. And I did not know of a single special needs kid in my entire high school. But now they make up 12 percent of the entire public school population and that number is growing quickly.

Could it be possible that there is something that we are doing to our children that is causing this?

Everyone agrees that the number of autistic children in America is exploding. The following chart comes from

Autism Graph

This explosion in the number of autism cases just happens to coincide with a very large increase in the number of vaccines that we are giving to our young children.

This next chart comes from

Vaccine Schedule History

Today, U.S. kids are given more vaccines than anyone else in the world by a wide margin.

Here is another chart which shows this from

Vaccines By Country

Everyone agrees that these vaccines contain ingredients which are highly toxic to humans.

And since we inject them directly into the bloodstreams of our children, these ingredients largely bypass the amazing filtering systems that our human bodies possess.

So could it be possible that there is a link between these vaccines and the unprecedented rise in autism that we are seeing?

I have personally read hundreds of stories from devastated parents that say that their kids were perfectly healthy and normal until they got their shots.

We are giving our children way too many vaccines way too soon, and it is creating a nightmare.

For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “Vaccines And Autism: The Secret That You Are Not Supposed To Know“.

So what do you think about all this?

Please feel free to share your opinion by posting a comment below…

(Originally posted on End of the American Dream)

2 thoughts on “How Public Schools Treat Special Needs Students: Handcuffs, ‘Scream Rooms’ And Duct Tape”

  1. The key here is time. We, as parents are often left with too little time for our kids. Especially if both parents must have a job to make a living.
    I have a grandson that has some learning disability. We do not trust him to a public school system at all. Instead he is taught at home with the internet school. They have addressed his problem and given him the needed help last year.
    He ended up near the top of his class when the state tests were given.
    He has special needs. But he also has a loving grandmother that is perfectly willing to give him the personal attention so that he will get an education despite those special needs. We are retired. We have the time.
    I normally keep the equipment running so he can get that education.

    Not everyone is that lucky.
    Those teachers caught doing things they shouldn’t? In a less crazy world, they would be fired. Not likely working for the state in the education system with tenure.
    That is part of the real problem with public education. Who watches the teachers? Because in every system you will have bad apples out there using the system to their advantage.
    I was both blessed and cursed with a middle-aged battleaxe in two of my years of school. She was a drill sergeant. The blessing was she made me memorize just about everything I needed to know in the world of reading, writing, and math. The curse is she made us live through a living hell while she did it. When I entered high school, I was all ready at a 11th or 12th grade level.
    This teacher was convinced I could never do higher math like algebra. Well I passed with a C+.
    Later in life aspects of trig and algebra were necessary in my training in the Air Force.
    My spelling has always been top notch partly because of that drill sergeant in the earlier grades.
    Pretty sure that I also had some kind of learning disability growing up. No one told me I couldn’t succeed. So i fought until I learned it.
    I have always been a book type. To this day I normally have books out of the library and I read them all.
    My advice is patience. That and teach children to never give up.

  2. Before we get too far into blaming teachers… let’s look at some of the key factors in the story:

    1.) Your dealing with teachers. We all remember our best and our worst that tried to teach us things. They are usually underpaid, under appreciated, and under instructed on the proper way of dealing with children with special needs.
    2.) Children with special needs are usually large, not entirely aware of the world and above all else strong. When I say strong, I mean incredibly strong. Some of their Hulk like strength comes from the drugs they are on or need, their hormones that are already nuts and some don’t feel pain or know their own strength. As noted above, one of the kids was 330+ lbs…. I don’t care who you are, but that’s a big boy.
    3.) Who else is going to deal with these kids? The parents? The police? The fire department? A day care center? Please be serious.
    4.) As for vaccines, it depends on your preferences.
    5.) And remember, it boils down to money on a lot of levels to solve big problems. And unless your mega rich, your going to get what you get since money isn’t exactly flowing these days.

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