Parents seek videos of restraint, seclusion in public scholls

Wendy Fisher of Nashua testified Tuesday for legislation that would let parents of special needs students with an Individualized Education Plan to seek that school officials audio and videotape any seclusion or restraint incident. 

CONCORD — Wendy Fisher of Nashua said she was shocked to learn that when her 10-year-old, emotionally troubled son tried to take his life in a seclusion room at Broad Street Elementary School in Nashua in March 2023, there was no audio or video footage of the incident.

“There is nothing better than playback video. Footage doesn’t lie. Take the footage to protect the teacher, child and everyone else,” Fisher told the House Children and Family Law Committee Tuesday.