Authorities probe use of seclusion rooms for disabled

Federal and state investigators are probing reports that disabled children at a public elementary school in Connecticut were locked in a room to control their behavior or as a punishment, officials said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. Farm Hill School, an elementary school in the city of Middletown, was accused of improper use of seclusion, according to officials from the U.S. Department of Education and state advocates for children and disabled people. Jim McGaughey, executive director of state Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, said his investigators were looking into the reports that children with disabilities were inappropriately held in a seclusion room. Seclusion is not considered an effective teaching strategy, he said, and it would only be used as a last resort if there was a very specific written behavior support plan for a certain child…

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