The bill addresses an issue gaining national attention. In a May report, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates documented 185 cases nationwide of what it calls "aversive interventions" -- physical force, mechanical restrictions or isolation in a locked room, used too often against students who can't speak up to defend themselves. In 65 percent of the cases documented, the children were 10 or younger, and in 71 percent, the parents did not consent to the use of force against their children. The Governmental Accountability Office did its own report, and came up with even more disturbing findings, including 20 children who died and many others who suffered serious injury while being restrained.
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