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Massachusetts: Schools used restraint more than 9,000 times 2016-17; 244 injuries reported

Feb 23, 2018, North Andover (MA) Eagle—Tribune: 9,070 student restraint cases statewide 'extremely disturbing,' says group that probed Haverhill complaints http://www.eagletribune.com/news/student-restraint-cases-statewide-extremely-disturbing-says-group-that-probed/article_14e4df82-18b6-11e8-8afc-7323751dc136.html Public school officials in Massachusetts say they had to physically restrain students more than 9,000 times during the 2016-2017 academic year. Districts were required to report cases to the state for the first time as part of new rules meant to curb the practice. … The release of the numbers also comes after recent complaints from parents in Haverhill and Lawrence about their special needs children being restrained or confined in timeout spaces in public schools in those cities. The data shows that across Massachusetts in the 20126-2017 school year, the 9,070 restraint cases led to 244 injuries to students or staff. …