This legislation prohibits the use of seclusion or restraint for any purpose other than to promote the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff members. Restraint and seclusion are used disproportionately against students of color and students with disabilities. Its use can violate the rights of students and can occur without the knowledge or consent of their guardian. During the 2015-16 school year, Black students were more than twice as likely as their white classmates to be subjected to physical or mechanical restraint and nearly three times more likely to be subjected to seclusion. In the same year, students with disabilities were 10 times more likely to be subjected to restraint compared to their non-disabled peers and 27 times more likely to be subjected to seclusion. This legislation would help disrupt the school to prison pipeline in Missouri. To learn more about the school to prison pipeline, go to https://www.pipelineofinjustice.org/
. We support this legislation.