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Sunday, August 24, 2008

70 Kids Died--PA Bans Facedown Restraints

State bans sometimes deadly practice

Policy: 'Prone restraints' won't be used on youths in treatment facilities.

An angry Jason Tallman was kicking, screaming, scratching and giving KidsPeace counselors in North Whitehall everything his 85-pound frame could muster, so they did what counselors of troubled youths are trained to do. They held him facedown and immobilized him until he was still.

The 12-year-old from Barnegat, N.J., never woke up.

That was 1993, and since then more than 70 children have died in residential care nationwide while being restrained by people charged with their care.

Pennsylvania has decided there can be no more in this state. More....

Anonymous said...

Yet another well meaning, decision based on emotion not on facts. Take time to talk to the line staff that work in theses facilities to understand the complete story of why the well meaning officials have once again thrown the baby out with the bath water and have created dangerous conditions for both staff and youth.

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Anonymous said...

Yet another well meaning, decision based on emotion not on facts. Take time to talk to the line staff that work in theses facilities to understand the complete story of why the well meaning officials have once again thrown the baby out with the bath water and have created dangerous contions for both staff and youth.