State: restraint of Rogers student wrong

(May 28, 2004) — (Rogers-AP) -- The Arkansas Department of Education special education unit has determined that a Rogers teacher inappropriately restrained a disabled eight-year-old student in a wooden chair for hours daily. The teacher, who taught at Northside Elementary in Rogers, was under investigation after a complaint by the girl's parents. April and Don Rodgers said their daughter, who has autism and Down's syndrome, was strapped by her waist to a wooden therapy chair throughout the day, including while other children napped. The state also found the teacher kept the girl from music, physical education and library time, even though the teacher signed papers saying the girl attended those activities. The girl was found by a doctor to have post-traumatic stress disorder from being strapped down.