Schools Discipline Special Ed Students At Higher Rates
Nate Robson’s report is focused on Oklahoma, but the problems he describes are not unique to Oklahoma:
In Jenks Public Schools, campus police physically restrained and handcuffed a second-grade special education student.
His crime? He ran to the playground to escape a noisy classroom.
At Tulsa Public Schools, officials called a father and told him to pick up his 6-year-old daughter, who was having an emotional meltdown. He arrived to find four armed campus police officers holding her down, saying she assaulted one of them.
In the Deer Creek School District in Edmond, a member of the school staff slapped an autistic child on two occasions, but a judge tossed out the federal lawsuit, saying the employees acted out of frustration.
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