There’s a number of restraining methods that are used with special needs kids. (I worked with kids that had cerebral palsy, mental disorders, down’s syndrome, autism, etc back in the early 1990s when I was running the Y-RIGHTS (youth rights) mailing list on the early Internet. NYRA sprang from my group – I’m so proud of you guys).
I don’t agree with most of these restraining methods and CERTAINLY not this one… and _definitely_ *not* by police.
If you have special needs kids in your classroom, you need a special needs teacher and restraints must be VERY limited in time.
But then to see it’s as punishment? Punitive? no no no no no no no. It’s 2015. We haven’t progressed?
Apparently we haven’t.