Ask your member of Congress to pass No Kids In Cuffs NOW!

During the 2017-2018 school year, over 70,000 students were restrained throughout the country. In the same year, students with disabilities made up only 13% of the entire student population but constituted 80% of all restraint cases.

The disproportionality that is present in the treatment of students with disabilities highlights a disturbing trend.

Hispanic students are 45% more likely to experience restraints

Black students are 200% more likely to experience restraints

In order to bring awareness to the issue of restraints and their effects on children, educators, and law enforcement, we have partnered with Representative Sylvia Garcia to introduce the No Kids in Cuffs Resolution.

 

What does the resolution do?

The resolution states the number of children that have been restrained in the most recent school year and highlights the negative effects restraints can have on children, educators, and officers.

This sets the stage to create clear policy benefitting interventional outcomes for both our educators and peace officers.

How will children in schools benefit from this bill?

Children who are restrained suffer both short-term and long-term effects. In the immediate aftermath, they may experience PTSD-like symptoms and have trouble sleeping. In the long term, these children may experience issues with academic success and social and emotional development.

What we know is this: trauma harms development. This resolution acknowledges this harm and takes the step- as a country- to work towards a solution.

How will officers in schools benefit from this bill?

The resolution recognizes the effect that actors and witnesses to the restraint may experience.

Research highlights that when a person, in this case, an officer or an educator, witnesses a child undergoing trauma, they may develop vicarious trauma. Vicarious trauma manifests in PTSD symptoms, including anxiety, depression, fatigue, etc.

Put simply, limiting traumatic interactions between peace officers and children is just as beneficial to peace officers as it is to children.

 

This is where we need YOUR help! Sign NOW to ask your member of Congress to pass No Kids In Cuffs! 

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