Struggle Against Abuse Continues in Florida
According to an article in a local newspaper, the child's mother, Anna Moore, and her attorney said that the lawsuit isn’t about money, but about making sure a similar incident doesn’t happen to another child.
Moore said it would be easier for her to walk away from the incident, since Isaiah is happy at his new school.
“This needs to stop. It’s not just my son. If people keep walking away, it’s never going to stop,” she said.
She urges parents and others who are aware of abuse in Florida schools to get involved in efforts to change the law to protect students with disabilities. More information about the struggle to end abuse in Florida schools can be found at the Florida Families Against Restraint and Seclusion website.
Mistreatment of children with disabilities unfortunately is a major problem in American schools in general. The Florida group mentioned above is affiliated with a Yahoo group that maintains a blog, Families Against Restraint and Seclusion, which addresses the issue from a national perspective.
Edit, December 31: Anna Moore has created a video about the harm caused by restraint and seclusion, and about the need for stronger laws to prevent abuse of children with disabilities: