Ever since we wrote about Bill Lichtenstein and his story of the horror his daughter experienced with seclusion and restraint, we have received a steady stream of examples of abuse in similar situations all across the country. Here is another one, this time from the state of Hawaii.
- "For some disabled students at Kipapa Elementary School, it was a nightmare of physical abuse, verbal assaults and emotional attacks.
That's the account of two witnesses who said students in one of the school's special education classes were routinely berated, restrained, tied to chairs and even force fed.
"It was frightening for these poor little kids," said the women, who would agree to speak only on the condition of anonymity.
"It really hurts us that kids are being hurt and nothing's being done. These kids will grow up traumatized."
So far, parents of six former students have come forward with charges that their children were victimized by a teacher and an educational aide. Two lawsuits have been filed and a third is expected soon."
- Read the full story here.