Our partner stations took on the issue of seclusion rooms this week too.
(Seclusion rooms are enclosed spaces that are supposed to be used to calm or restrain children who become violent. In Ohio, the state doesn’t regulate their use and the Ohio Department of Education has provided little guidance and virtually no oversight to schools.)
Here are the links to the shows and stories:
- WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher: Host Mike Thompson discusses the use of seclusion rooms with guests Barb Trader (executive director, TASH), Karen Boddie (mother) and reporters Jennifer Smith Richards (Columbus Dispatch) and Molly Bloom (StateImpact Ohio).
- WCPN’s The Sound of Ideas: Host Mike McIntyre discusses seclusion rooms and special education with guests Rick Mack (retired special education director), Michele LaMarche (executive director, Step by Step Academy), Tom Conti (parent) and StateImpact Ohio reporter Ida Lieszkovszky.
- Q and A’s [Part 1] [Part 2]: WKSU News Director M.L. Schultze speaks with reporters Jennifer Smith Richards, Ida Lieszkovszky and Molly Bloom about their investigation into the use of seclusion rooms in Ohio schools.