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Investigation of Alternative Schools Finds Excessive Past Use of Restraint, Seclusion and Disciplinary Exclusions


The alternative schools established by the Lynn Public Schools have historically relied on frequent use of restraint, seclusion, filing of criminal charges against students and disciplinary exclusions, according to a 24 page investigation report issued by the Disability Law Center on March 25, 2010.  DLC conducted an investigation pursuant to its federal authority to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect in schools teaching children with disabilities.


While DLC’s report finds fault with behavioral intervention practices within the Lynn alternative public schools, it also acknowledges the constructive steps being taken by administration and teaching staff in Lynn.  This includes the decision to work with a consultant who has expertise in the field of positive behavioral supports for students with behavioral difficulties.  Despite the encouraging developments, DLC’s report recommends that Lynn take further steps to reach out to parents who have complained about the treatment of their children.


Read the DLC report  (pdf)
Report of William Halikias, Psy.D. (pdf)
Response from Lynn Public Schools  (pdf)
Story in Lynn Daily Item, March 26, 2010
 Feature Story on WCVB Channel 5 Boston