Students are restrained across Texas on a daily basis, but many schools underreport or fail to report incidents altogether. A child may be restrained twelve times in a school day, but in official records, it may only say once or zero. Both state and federal reports have listed major Texas school districts as potentially underreporting due to anomalous data.
Restraint results in both short and long-term consequences, hampering a child’s ability to develop socially, emotionally, and academically. Accurate data is necessary to ensure that comprehensive legislation regarding restraint can be introduced and existing policies can be evaluated.