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Schools Allegedly Using Emergency Rooms For Timeout

December 23, 2013

A group of parents are suing after they say their children with disabilities were repeatedly sent from school to hospital emergency rooms in response to tantrums and other behavior issues. The parents of six New York City students are suing the city and the local Department of Education alleging that schools are calling ambulances to transport children to hospitals because they don't have proper procedures or staff in place to address the situations. One student referred to as J.H. in court papers, now age 6, was sent to the hospital by ambulance against his mother's wishes on numerous occasions including one instance when school staff said he was "not listening" and "refused to sit on a rug," according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New York last week. The child's mother says her son is now disinterested in going to school and afraid of police and the hospital. To read more, click here

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