If you don't have a child in special education, you are probably unaware of this kind of special education "service". Students who are misbehaving or experiencing a tantrum may be held down ("restrained") or confined in little rooms.
Disability Rights California, a federally funded watchdog group, found that teachers dragged children into seclusion rooms they could not leave. In one case, they found a retarded 8-year-old had been locked alone in a seclusion room in a northeast California elementary school for at least 31 days in a year.
"What we found outrageous was that we went to the schools and asked to see the rooms and were denied," said Leslie Morrison, a psychiatric nurse and attorney who led the 2007 investigation that substantiated at least six cases of abuse involving seclusion in public schools.
"It took a lot of fighting to eventually get in to see where these children were held."
CNN asked every school official interviewed if a reporter could visit a seclusion room and was denied every time.
Wrightslaw has a section on restraints and abuse. The Palm Beach Post's community pages has a page on Restraint and Seclusion in Florida Schools and there's a companion blog, Florida Families Against Restraint and Seclusion. There's a blog, Families Against Restraint and Seclusion
The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities has a blog post on restraint in Connecticut.