Congressional Hearing Finds Rampant Abuse in Public, Private Schools

Every day, it seems there are more cases of abuse and mistreatment of students by their teachers and peers, regardless of whether it’s a private or a public school. Yesterday, a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was released that found there have been more than 20 deaths and hundreds of cases dealing with abuse of special needs students in schools. The report was published on the same day the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing that included student testimonials regarding this abuse. The abuses include improperly restraining children or using seclusion rooms as punishment.

To view the full story from the Associated Press, please click here. To view video from last night’s news story on NBC Nightly News, please click here. The law firm of Balkan & Patterson is currently handling a number of local cases in Florida that deal with special needs students who have been abused or mistreated by their teachers in schools. For more information about the types of cases our personal injury and accident law firm works with, please visit our website.

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