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Resource ID: #27283
Subject: Children
Source: KXAS-TV (Dallas)
Date: April 23, 2015; May 12, 2015



This nine-month-long investigation uncovered video showing a Texas teacher physically abusing an 8-year-old autistic boy, while forcing him into a closet-like-space known as a “calm room.” Our reporting led to the teacher's firing, triggered a state review of the use of so-called “calm rooms” and prompted immediate changes in one of the state's largest school districts. Our team discovered many school districts use “calm rooms” in ways that violate state law or at least skirt the edges of the law. The rooms were intended to give troubled kids a place to cool off in a crisis but instead are used like holding cells in some Texas schools. Parents are often never told when their children are placed in calm rooms because Texas law currently does not require notification.

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