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A student with emotional disabilities restrained by three adults; children thrown to the floor and slapped; another student losing a tooth after restraint.

All are cases of abuse at a Holyoke Public Schools therapeutic intervention program, according to a Massachusetts Disability Law Center Report released Wednesday.

Students were put in the program because they had suffered physical or emotional trauma. According to the report, the abuses at the public school "greatly exacerbates their disabilities and is in direct violation of the stated mission of the program."

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Stan Eichner, director of litigation at the Disability Law Center.

Mitchell Chester, state commissioner of elementary and secondary education. He tweets @MASchoolsK12.

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The Boston Globe: Holyoke School Abused Disabled Children, Report Says

  • "A Holyoke public school program that serves emotionally disabled children subjected them to psychological abuse and used excessive force to punish even trivial offenses, according to an investigative report released Wednesday."

WBUR: Education Chief Recommends State Takeover Of Holyoke Schools

  • "The state should take over the Holyoke Public Schools, Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester recommended Tuesday, saying “persistent and pervasive” problems in the school district make receivership necessary."

This segment aired on December 10, 2015.

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