DRC’s Director of Investigations discusses poor data on restraint and seclusion in schools

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"Kaden Perrizo was 11 years old when he entered an “orthopedic impaired” class at Taylor Elementary in Santa Clara, California. Kaden suffered an immune system disease as a toddler that left him unable to walk without leg braces or to speak more than a few words; his parents say he functions cognitively like a 4-year-old.

His teacher, according to allegations set forth in a lawsuit brought by Kaden's parents on his behalf, tied him to a chair. He was also confined in a 3-by-4-foot cell made of bookshelves. The lawsuit also alleges that the school turned a blind eye to the teacher's conduct until a staff member sent an anonymous four-page email to supervisors.

But as far as the federal government is concerned, none of what Kaden endured ever happened."