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Little oversight of restraint practices in special education

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Little oversight of restraint practices in special education

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During a class excursion in 2013, a nonverbal 5th-grader with autism, epilepsy and an IQ of 47 was repeatedly told to stop touching the wheel of his special stroller, but he didn’t. His teacher responded by holding him facedown on the floor for 12 minutes, according to a lawsuit.

This story, originally published by EdSource, was reported as part of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism. 

Michael Ashline, left, and his son Andrew, a special needs student in Orange, at their home in 2014.
Michael Ashline, left, and his son Andrew, a special needs student, at their home in 2014.
EdSource
Sunday, April 19, 2015