2 Virginia schools blamed for restraining students

Students look for family members after arriving at a shopping center parking lot in Wood Village, Ore., after a shooting at Reynolds High School Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in nearby Troutdale. A gunman killed a student at the high school east of Portland Tuesday and the shooter is also dead, police said.. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has concluded that two Virginia schools denied students with emotional disabilities the right to an appropriate public education by frequently using seclusion and physical restraint.

In a July 29 letter of findings, the department wrote that it had entered into an agreement with the two public schools in Prince William County to correct the problems. The letter was sent to lawyers who filed a 2012 complaint on behalf of a mother and her minor son, a former student at one of the schools, and other students.

According to the letter, school employees physically restrained students for several minutes at a time. The schools also secluded students in padded areas and prevented them from leaving, the letter said.

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