Originally Posted by burtist
our 8 yearold was handcuffed at school with his hands behind his back.he has autism.adhd,odd,bipolar.can anyone tell us if they have had this problem at school.and what they did to correct it.we have not had any luck with the school system.they keep him in a special ed room all day,they bring his lunch to him.he has to sit facing the wall also.if anyone has any advice please
Contact the superintendent of your school district about the incident and ask for an ARD meeting. You may also need to contact an attorney to see what your child's rights are and what the school is providing and not providing. There may be advocacy groups for parents in your area who may direct you to the right attorney,
As far as the incident, was he handcuffed to keep him from seriously hurting himself or another? In that case, awful as this may sound, they may have a legal right to handcuff or restrain him in order to prevent serious damage to self or others. It sounds like a tough situation, though.
Lastly, is your child taking medication to help control his symptoms? Something is definitely out of whack either with him and/or the way his environment is reacting to him if they are handcuffing him. But it would be worthwhile for you to investigate all the different points where you can intervene or changes can be made, aside from asking the school to tell you exactly what happened and how else they could have handled the problem.
I think if I were you in this situation, I would meet with the school, do some soulsearching to see if there is anything I need to be doing on my end and may also consult a lawyer because your child has longstanding and serious problems, and the potential for him to be abused within the school is there by the way they are already handling him now. I would find out exactly what they can and cannot do by law and then inform the school what is acceptable to you.