Friday, February 20, 2009

Fighting Restraints and Seclusion

Blogger Ange at has been waging a quiet, persistent campaign against the use of restraints and seclusions in Missouri schools. She's been gathering accounts of children's experiences when put into seclusion rooms in schools, and the people at the Misssouri
Protection and Advocacy Services
have taken an interest in this cause. She's also traveled to the state capital to testify regarding pending legislation that would shield teachers from prosecution when they get physical with kids in school.

This week her efforts have really paid off, as she's gotten media attention. Two television stations have aired stories on this this week (one of them on two successive nights), and a popular local radio call in show also took on the topic today.

The local NBC affiliate story can be found here. Do drop by and (respectfully) let them know that it's just not right.

And if you see Ange around here, remember to thank her.


Mrs. C said...

Ange is awesome. I'm so blessed to be blog friends with people like you. And THANK YOU for the link, Joe.

Ange said...

Thank you. I am exhausted, but I faced my biggest fears (as an introvert who hates confrontation!). I not only somewhat survived the media, the public comments and assumptions, etc., but I also (due to poor timing) had to face the school staff in an evaluation meeting today. I thought I would be nervous, but I really felt at peace and feel like I have some clear cut answers to decisions we've been sitting on.

Club 166 said...

Going public, immediately followed by a meeting at the school, has got to be one of the worst feelings.

I'm not sure I could have done the same.

Yay for you! You go, girl.


Maddy said...

Good for her. I've been a bit out of touch lately as my responsibility load is getting out of hand, but I'll pop along and take a peek.