Georgia says schools can’t put students in solitary confinement

July 9, 2010
State school board bans practice

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia public schools have outlawed the practice of placing students in solitary confinement, six years after a Hall County boy's schoolhouse hanging. The State Board of Education has voted to ban the use of solitary confinement and limit the use of restraints against unruly students. For the first time, the state also will require schools to notify parents when their children have been restrained by a school administrator or teacher.

MAY 2010...from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia public schools soon could be barred from putting students in so-called “seclusion rooms,” like the one where a 13-year-old Hall County student hanged himself in 2004. Jonathan King was attending the Alpine Program, a public school in Gainesville for students with emotional and behavioral problems, when he killed himself with a cord a teacher gave him to hold up his pants. His final hours were spent in an 8-by-8 seclusion room at the school. Such rooms would no longer be allowed in a Georgia public school under proposed rules being considered by the state Board of Education.

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