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Is this technique to get students under control putting Missouri kids at risk?

Missouri secluded and restrained more than 1,000 students last school year. Justyn Jefferson, an 11-year-old from Belton, is one of them. But because schools don't always report instances of seclusion and restraint, it's difficult to know if they're using the techniques legally.

Schools are allowed to physically restrain students or put them in a separate room if they are putting themselves or others at risk. In Missouri, it’s hard to tell how often that’s happening — or if schools are following the rules. As KCUR’s Jodi Fortino reports, a Belton mom whose son was repeatedly secluded and restrained says schools are using those methods in inappropriate ways.

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