Proposed legislation at the state house may require schools in Indiana to have a policy on the record when it comes to seclusion and restraint of students.
This comes as 8-year-old Shaylan Searcy, who has Down Syndrome, came home from Westlake Elementary School with her shoes duct taped.
Senate Bill 345 would regulate the use of seclusion and restraint in all Indiana schools, Prevent and reduce the use of physical restraint and seclusion, Protect students from physical or mental abuse.
Kim Dodson, is Executive Director for Arc of Indiana, a group that advocates for Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities says there are other tools teachers can use instead.
“We have statutes on the books today in Indiana that protects people living in nursing homes, people living in our state prisons and even our juvenile detention centers that protects those that are staying there from seclusion and restraints. We need to have them in our schools,” said Dodson
The Committee on Education and Career Development will vote on Senate Bill 345 next week.