Lawmakers are attempting to abolish the use of scream rooms in educational facilities. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, along with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., want to change how children are treated by educators. They are two of a growing group of lawmakers who are pushing to get legislation through that prohibits the use of scream rooms, as well as the use of restraints on children, some as young as five years old.
A report, Dangerous Use of seclusion and Restraints in Schools Remains Widespread and Difficult to remedy: A Review of Ten Cases, makes sobering reading. It details ten cases where children were confined and/or restrained, including cases where blood had to be cleaned from the walls after the period of incarceration was over.