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Follow-up (Corporal) Punishment: Are Children with Disabilities Disproportionatley Arrested at School?

Posted Aug 27 2009 5:48pm

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We recently ran a post on a study that shows that kids with disabilities are disproportionately singled out forcorporal punishment. As a follow-up, another recent study claims that standards should be developed because research shows that children with disabilities are arrested at school by in-housepolice officersat a disproportionate rate. The study by theACLU may be found here. A blog item discussing the study may be readhere.

This makes me wonder what the heck is going on out there. The imagery of excessive physical punishment and of excessive criminalizing of children with disabilities is quite disturbing.

I think that most of us will likely agree that these days and in these times police officers presence in the school building is necessary. There have been too many outrageous tragedies to suggest otherwise. But maybe some standard training for school-based police concerning children with disabilities is a good idea. Have any of you had any experiences concerning this issue?

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