Texas: Take Action On 'No Kids In Cuffs'
In the last legislative session, we worked with Rep. Lacey Hull to introduce ‘No Kids In Cuffs.’ Unfortunately, it ran out of time. While it passed with strong bipartisan support in the House, it did not make it to a vote in the Senate before the session ended.
However, the bill has been reintroduced in the Governor’s third special session!
Working together, we can close a public policy loophole to end the practice of handcuffing and pepper-spraying the children of Texas.
Here is what we know:
- ~45,000 incidents of restraints on students were reported during Texas’s 2018-19 school year.
- 91% of all reported restraints in Texas involve students with disabilities, even though they make up just under 10% of the state’s student population.
- Researchers found that there was a positive correlation among officers without prior trauma exposure between cases involving the restraint of children and the development of PTSD.
The decision to handcuff a child is never made lightly and is incredibly difficult for officers to make. Every officer, chief, and union we met shared the stress and heartache caused by that decision. Every advocate and parent we met has expressed the same.
What does ‘No Kids In Cuffs’ (HB 111) do?
- HB 111 amends Section 37.0021 of the current Education Code in Texas.
- The bill will state that a peace officer or school security personnel may not restrain a student ten years of age or younger unless the student poses a severe risk of harm to themselves or others.
- It costs nothing!
With your signature, the letter below will be sent to the Committee on Youth Health and Safety in the Texas House. Ultimately, they are the ones who can move No Kids In Cuffs forward. Together, we can raise our voices in support of the welfare of ALL children.
Learn more about the bill by clicking here.
RE: HB 111 by Rep. Hull, No Kids In Cuffs
Honorable Representatives of the Committee on Youth Health and Safety,
We urge you to support House Bill 111 by Representative Lacey Hull, closing a public policy loophole on the physical and chemical restraint of children under the age of 10.
As you may be aware, there were over 45,000 incidents in which students were restrained during the 2018-19 school year in Texas. Of those 91% were our children with disabilities. Not only does this loophole harm our children, but it also harms our officers. Research has shown a positive correlation between cases involving the restraint of children and the development of PTSD.
We join Minaret Foundation in asking for your support in this special session. Through this bill, we can easily make a difference in the lives of our children and our officers.
Minaret Foundation’s mission is to lift American Muslim voices for sustainable change through multi-faith and civic engagement. They are a non-partisan Texas-based 501(c)3.
Blessings to you and may God continue to bless Texas –