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Indiana panel drafting new student-restraint policies

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Monday, July 8, 2013 - 7:50 am

INDIANAPOLIS — A state commission is drafting new rules and policies to help Indiana's schools handle students with behavioral problems while minimizing injuries to those youngsters.

A law passed by this year's General Assembly created a nine-member commission that will determine how to boost student safety by reducing the number of children improperly confined in so-called "safe rooms." The panel will draft rules outlining those behavior-control methods with a focus on reducing injuries.

The commission was established following troubling reports in recent years of incidents involving special-needs students

Commission chairwoman Danielle Shockey tells The Indianapolis Star the panel will work this summer to create a state policy and a plan for those methods. She says public schools and some private ones won't be required to follow those standards exactly.