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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Child advocates say certain types of punishment used in Georgia schools are abusive and need to be stopped.

The Georgia Advocacy Office wants the state department of education to pass a rule to prohibit locking kids in small rooms and to limit the use of restraints.

Don and Tina King's 13-year-old son Jonathan died at a special education school in North Georgia.

He hanged himself with a cord a teacher gave him to pull up his pants in a seclusion room.

"Currently, schools can use a restrainer seclusion so tying up a student locking them in small rooms or boxes or closets using handcuffs or duct tape or velcro to kids in school for any reason," said Leslie Lipson, Georgia Advocacy Office.

"They treated our child like worse than an animal, not like an animal because animals have better rights than kids do."

The Kings want people across the country to know this is problem.

They say they're fighting to prevent deaths like their son's.


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