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It’s Not Like They Have to Wear Straight Jackets

image100.jpgThere are some New Jersey parents who are super-pissed because they discovered the school uses a padded room for special needs kids.

Angry parents confronted members of the Cherry Hill School Board on Tuesday night.
They are concerned about the treatment of their special needs children.
“Instead of educating them, they’re going to throw them in to bash their heads against a padded wall somewhere,” said one parent. “Disgusting.”
“It is absolutely wrong that each and every one of you can go to bed at night thinking that this is OK to do to children,” said another.
“I think it’s frightening. It makes me sick to my stomach,” said another parent, Lisa Scuoppo.

But here’s my question: Why not have padded rooms for all students? Have you met an elementary school child? They’re all hopped up on McDonald’s subsidized lunches, orange drink, and Ritalin — if you got kids that bounce off the wall as much as they do, padding them is the only way to avoid lawsuits. Hell, if you really want to keep the kids — special needs or otherwise — from harming themselves, shackle them to their desks.

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"The room smells. There's no ventilation. There's fluorescent lighting," Grams said.

Hi, welcome to my office.

I guess I'm just insensitive, but the PE room at my daughter's school is padded floor to ceiling to prevent injuries, and I think it would be a good place to put someone who's out of control (for whatever reason.) Unless of course, they're looking forward to being able to sue the school district for possible future injuries to their kids.

These parents are expecting that there is a 1:1 teacher-student ratio for special needs programs. there's not. It's important to have a safe room, because it's unfair and unsafe for the other kids to have to watch their classmate who is pitching a screaming fit. Above and beyond that, if there are more teachers in the class, one could o with the child to the room - where he can't hurt the other kids or himself. I'm no special needs expert, but I've run across some kids with behavioral issues. Sometimes, you just can't leave them in the classroom anymore. If the parents don't like that room, what's their next solution?