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Stop Hurting Kids: A National Campaign to End Restraint and Seclusion Abuse in Schools

Stop Hurting Kids Campaign LogoStop Hurting Kids, the national campaign to end restraint and seclusion abuse in schools, kicks off today, May 30, 2013 with a special film screening. You can participate in this event either in person or virtually over the Internet.

Stop Hurting Kids seeks to spark a public dialogue about the dangers of restraint and seclusion practices, and gain support for the adoption of practices and policies that maintain a learning environment free from the threat of these abuses. The campaign promotes resources for safe and effective alternatives, and calls upon parents, educators, policy makers and advocates to take action.

The film screening will feature Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, the latest documentary from filmmaker Dan Habib (Including Samual, Who Cares About Kelsey?). It will also include special guests Michael Yudin of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and Larke Huang or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

At, you can sign up to join the campaign and help spread the word. You can find the campaign on Twitter at, and on Facebook at