I'm sorry, I've just about had it. Meaning no disrespect to my friend (he knows who he is), I need to talk about this, because this is clearly even more widespread than I thought.
How many of you are aware that corporal punishment is perfectly legal in many US schools? That 220,000 students a year are beaten by their teachers with what are essentially BDSM spanking paddles? That approximately 20,000 of them need to seek medical attention because their dickhead teachers went overboard?
Any of you? No? Yeah, it's a little dark secret your education industry likes to keep under wraps. Along with the restraining and seclusion used in many special schools, including schools where spanking isn't legal such as in good old California. I'm astounded by how many Americans are completely ignorant of this fact, how severe the beatings can be and how quick educators in these states jump to doing it.
Frankly, you can find more with Google and fucking YouTube searches, but more people know who Fred is than have ever seen a video of arbitrarily-initiated, potentially lethal face-down-take-down holds being used on children with autism in the one place we'd expect them to be safe.
Regarding seclusion rooms, many of them are usually normal rooms used quite fairly enough when a child is a clear and present danger to themselves and others. Concerns have been raised since many teachers are using them, as with paddling and restraining techniques, as quick-fix, go-to measures for minor transgressions. Several schools however employ rooms described as "a concrete room latched from the outside, its tiny window obscured by a piece of paper" such as the school where 13-year-old Johnathon King committed suicide after hours of seclusion.
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/12/17/seclusion.rooms/i... - yeah that's fucking CNN, how many of you saw that? How many of you remembered that? OK, let's back away from the sensationalist death-stories. How about this one? http://www.nospank.net/n-r92r.htm Excerpt - '"The door is closed, it's totally dark. There is a little tiny beam of light that comes under the door, but that's it." Chris told CBS 5 Investigates. When he was asked if he was trapped, he responded, "Pretty much." Chris was a 6th grader at Mendenhall Middle School in Livermore. Despite his high IQ, behaviors resulting from a diagnosis of ADHD landed him in a special education class. He quickly discovered that anything considered 'misbehavior', like getting up out of your chair or not completing class assignments meant a trip to the closet. "You really don't understand what it's like until you actually go through it," Chris said. He says he was put in the "Quiet Room" a lot, and there was no getting out. "They would sit on the door so you couldn't get out and then sometimes they would put a chair up against the door," Chris recalled. "I sat in there for a whole school day one time."'
Worse, how many of you think I was making shit up when I was talking about "residential treatment centers" (aka "Gulag Schools/Camps") in Astray's third chapter? Hm?
"Behavior Modification Camps Dozens of behavior modification schools have sprung up, in this country and abroad, pledging to cure teenagers of all behavior problems. These "gulag schools" use manipulative marketing to deceive parents in to sending their sons and daughters there at great financial cost. Gulag schools use extreme methods of physical and emotional abuse that have in some cases resulted in death.
I'm sorry, I was going to do a more professional and thorough* entry on this, but I'm just sick and tired of not only people being unaware of these things, but actively disbelieving me when I mention them. Or worse, trying to argue that these are all good things, or that "only the worst of the worst" are subject to them (that is most emphatically NOT correct!!).
Don't be fucking stupid.
(* - as well as more subtle and less rantalicious, but I apologize: I have a habit of getting pissed off about this topic.)