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DOJ To Ohio Youth Services: Stop “Rampant Use” Of Seclusion

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13, 2014

A motion filed Wednesday in federal court in Ohio seeks a temporary restraining order to limit the punishment of mentally ill boys through solitary confinement at four facilities.

Ohio Education Board OK’s Seclusion Room Policy

A seclusion room used in a program for children with emotional disturbances in the Logan-Hocking school district has padding on the floor and in a corner.
15, 2013

Ohio schools’ now have a set of guidelines to follow when it comes to their use of seclusion rooms and restraints. The State Board of Education passed a policy regulating seclusion and restraint at their board meeting Tuesday. Seclusion rooms are small rooms used to isolate students, and restraints are when a student is held [...]

State School Board Continues Debate On Seclusion Rooms

A seclusion room at Beatty Park Elementary School in Columbus has a peephole in the door.
10, 2012

An investigation by Ohio public radio stations and the Columbus Dispatch showed the state does not have any policy regarding the use of seclusion rooms in schools, and many school misuse or overuse the rooms.

ACLU To Board Of Education: Phase Out Seclusion Rooms

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25, 2012

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Ohio Department of Education to phase out the use or rooms used to lock away for behaviors ranging from throwing an eraser to assault.

State Agency: Columbus Schools Misused Seclusion Rooms

A Columbus City Schools spokesman says the report ignores a new Ohio Department of Education draft policy on seclusion practices.
September 28, 2012

The investigation into seclusion rooms began after a Columbus woman said her son was locked in a small room and forced to lie in a puddle of his own urine.

Locked Away: The “Mainstreaming” Of Ohio Schools

Brandy Spencer wanted a normal education for her son Brendon, who suffers from ADHD, Asperger's, and mood disorders.
7, 2012

On Monday, we told you about the unregulated use of seclusion rooms in Ohio schools. The use of the special rooms to isolate students for behavioral problems is in some ways an outgrowth of a longstanding movement to integrate special needs students into “regular” school.

Locked Away: The Misuse Of Seclusion Rooms In Ohio Schools

Brendon Spencer says he was secluded several times at his elementary school south of Cleveland. He's since transferred out of the district.
6, 2012

An investigation by Ohio public stations and the Columbus Dispatch shows rooms meant to keep students safe and help them calm down are often misused for punishment.