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February 11, 2011



My Son was Restrained and Put in Seclusion, Yours Could be Next....

Dear Parents and Advocates, Please ask your Florida Senator and Florida House Representative to Co-sponsor restraint and seclusion bills - Senate Bill S144 and House Bill H1467.

S144 and HB1467 will set long-overdue standards to protect children in Florida schools from physical and psychological harm and ensure a safe learning environment for teachers and students alike.

Some of the very important highlights of the bills are the following"
Prohibit the very dangerous prone restraint
Prohibit supine restraint
Prohibit mechanical restraint
Prohibit seclusion


Phyllis Musumeci

Anna Moore

Families Against Restraint and Seclusion


Phyllis M.

TASH Responds to American Association of School Administrators Position Supporting Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

View the full announcement at www.tash.org

Attention TASH members,

Last week, the American Association of School Administrators issued an unsubstantiated, ill-informed and reckless report in which it voiced support for restraint and seclusion use on children in our schools. This report gained much attention through e-mail circulation and national news reports. TASH has responded in order to bring clarity and truth to the conversation.

In the report, AASA frames the decision to use restraint and seclusion this way:

If school districts were unable to occasionally use these techniques with students with severe behavioral or emotional disorders, then these students would have to be institutionalized or sent to private facilities where they may not have the same rights and services available to them.

Either submit to restraint and seclusion or be institutionalized? We know these are not the only options. AASA goes on to suggest restraint and seclusion ensures greater safety for teachers, and that these practices are what allow students to remain in public school settings.

The truth is, restraint and seclusion is dangerous and traumatic for everyone involved, and is used most often for convenience and punishment rather than emergencies. These practices also disproportionately impact students with significant disabilities, particularly those between ages 6 and 10.

Please read our full response to AASA’s report here at TASH.org, and help us spread the word!

Take Action! Forward this message to:

Friends and colleagues affected by this issue

Teachers, school administrators and other school personnel

Media contacts in your area (especially education reporters)

Thank you for your support!

Lisa DelMonte

It is very important that we treat the children that we are teaching the same way we want our own children to be treated.
The first step to teaching any child is forming a relationship with them. Even as an adult it is hard to absorb what someone is trying to get across to you if any animosity exist between two people. Insuring our students that we are there for their benefit and not as a hindrance is essential.
The only time a child be restrained is in the event that they are a danger to themselves or others.


Every student should be treated with dignity and respect. No student should be locked away in a secluded room. Every student should have assess to an education.


Lets treat every student as if they were our own child.

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