Abuse in Schools Widespread, Report Finds
Exclusive: GAO Says Misuse Of Restraints, Seclusion, Other Tactics Has Even Proven Fatal
May 19, 2009
(CBS) A new federal study, released exclusively to CBS News, reveals hundreds of cases of abuse of students at the hands of school officials -- and even deaths.
The report, done by the Government Accountability Office, finds incidents of abuse of restraints and seclusion, among other forms of mistreatment, in public and private schools alike, all across the country, says CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes.
A congressional panel has scheduled a hearing about the findings for Tuesday, and child advocates are calling for better laws to protect students.
Students such as Cedric Napoleon and Paige Gaydos.
Paige's mother, Ann Gaydos, is slated to testify Tuesday at the hearing to be held by the House Education and Labor Committee about the abuse Paige allegedly suffered on multiple occasions in school in Cupertino, Calif. when Paige, who has Asperger Syndrome, was seven. She's now 15 and the family has moved to Monument, Colo.
Cedric's foster mother had no idea the Killeen, Texas eighth grader's teacher was physically restraining him when he acted up. Until, Cordes says, the day it led to Cedric's death.
"She took him down and sat on him," a tearful Toni Price told Cordes, "and straddled him. And uh... the autopsy report said that they had never seen anything like that except in a car crash, because she crushed his chest." Read the rest.
Keep them home.