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State Issues Restraint Rules for Special Ed Students

January 18, 2009, Tennessee
Felicia Burk has homeschooled her 11-year-old son with autism since he had an outburst at school in September and ended up handcuffed and in the back of a police car.

His Murfreesboro school had called police to try to get him under control.

Burk said restraint only escalates and prolongs Heith's wild behavior. Also, it went against his individual education plan — drawn up for all special education students to spell out how to help them succeed in school.

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