Unfortunately, sometimes school staff punish students in a way that is breaking the law.
Staff are not allowed to hit you. They should not touch you unless it is an emergency and you, a staff member or another student is at risk. An example of this might be if a student is about to run on the road in front of cars, or to hurt another student.
Sometimes schools use things called ‘restraint’ and ‘seclusion’.
Restraint is when a person might hold on to you, grab you, or force you down on the ground and hold you there. They might also tie you down, or take away or turn off your mobility aide.
Seclusion is when you are forced to go to a special place and not allowed out. This can be by shutting the door so you cannot get out, or just telling you that you are not allowed to leave.
These are very serious responses to student behaviour.
If a staff member hits you or grabs you when nobody is in immediate danger, this could be an ‘assault’. In this case, you have the right to tell the police.
If you are shut in a room and can’t get out, this could be ‘illegal imprisonment’. In this case, you have the right to tell the police.
If schools are worried about a students’ behaviour, there are many other things they can do before using restraint and seclusion. If restraint or seclusion happen to you, you should tell someone straight away.