Author

Elyce Hall

Date of Award

5-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Comments

Submitted to the College of Graduate Studies Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, Massachusetts In partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Degree Program

Criminal Justice

Degree Type

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Abstract

The purpose of this research study was to investigate the moral and legal issues around physically restraining students in Massachusetts public schools. As Massachusetts law is written, the use of restraints on a student should be the last possible resort. However, this thesis used data on restraint use from the Massachusetts Department of Education and a survey of school administrators to gain a better understanding of the 38,994 student restraints that were used in 2016-2017 school year. Findings of this study include that Hispanic and African-American students were more likely to attend schools that used restraints than those that did not. Also, students who were classified as high-needs, economically disadvantaged and disabled were more likely to attend schools that used restraints than schools that did not.

Committee/Advisor(s)

Dr. Jennifer Hartsfield

Dr. Michael DeValve

Dr. Emily Brissette

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