Stop Hurting Kids is a campaign to “end restraint and seclusion abuse in schools.” Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories is a 27 minute film by documentary filmmaker, Dan Habib. Creator of Including Samuel and Who Cares About Kelsey? Dan Habib is “Filmmaker in Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire.” The transcript of Restraint and Seclusion is available here.
For those of you who do not have the time or inclination to watch the film, here are a few quotes from it, which I hope will serve to pique your interest enough to watch the film in its entirety. Because this is happening all around us, because this could be one of our children, because we, as a society, must become aware of what is going on, because without awareness and protest this will continue, because prejudice and brutality are not the answer, because as Barb Rentenbach continues to remind us, I might be you, because as my daughter, Emma has said on numerous occasions, “People have to listen. Mommy, people do not listen to Emma.”
“The National Disability Rights Network reported that in recent years, the misuse of restraint and seclusion has resulted in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries.”
Peyton Goddard – “It was bruted power jired by purses wrongfully called teachers trying to beat I. This war wasted my rest. The sweet in I evaporated out.”
Helena – “He slammed me up against the wall, arm barred me across the throat and lifted up so I couldn’t breathe. And then whispered, “How am I supposed to talk to you nice and slow so you can understand?”
Wil Beaudoin – “One particular day we went to see my son and we were going to give him a haircut. So, we took off his shirt and he was covered with bruises and abrasions, fifteen to twenty on his body…everywhere.”
Peyton Goddard – “Fright opted I timid, silent and unable to fight back. Telling myself sweet lies that the tortures did not matter.”
Brianna – “I did not have a speech-generating device. Good evaluation would have made that happen. I tried to tell my mother. She did not understand me or she thought the teachers knew everything.”
Peyton Goddard – “Try to see potent powerful potentials in each pierced person. There you will free their gifts. There I can feel I’m treasured. There nary I’m fret. I’m ready. Are you? Try please.”
Larry Bissonnette, Peyton Goddard and Tracy Thresher at TASH
Ariane, thank you for sharing about the film and the campaign with your readers. We all have the power to do something about changing these awful things that happen to kids (especially our kids).
Thank you for sending me the link! Really appreciate it.
If anyone has not read the book “Skallagrigg” by William Horwood, please do. If anyone has, you will, of course, immediately recognise what is happening here. Thanks to Ariane and Richard for reminding us that the “Dilkes” are still with us, and still need dealing with.