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Complaint filed against New Hanover County Schools

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The parents of a 5 year-old child with special needs have filed a formal complaint with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights against New Hanover County Schools. The family filed this complaint on behalf of all elementary students with disabilities attending schools in New Hanover County, who are being held in seclusion rooms.

A seclusion room is a small space used for some special education students who fall under the individualized education program.

NC FEAR FREE EDUCATION, a group that is working to suspend seclusion and restraint, says the school system is treating students with disabilities differently than it does their nondisabled classmates.

Dr. Rick Holliday, Assistant Superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, says the school system follows the law when it comes to utilizing these rooms. He directed us to the school district’s website, which features a Power Point presentation on the policies and procedures when it comes to using seclusion rooms or other means of restraint. You can read it here: http://www.nhcs.net/support/SpEdRestraints/Power%20Point%20Overview%20of…

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