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Report: Special needs kids subject of abuse and neglect in school

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Imagine if you were called to school to deal with a behavior problem but when you got there, your child had been abused by his or her teacher.

The Federal Government reports today hundreds of schoolchildren are being abused at school or worse.

The government says there's little information on how often this type of abuse in the classroom is happening, but some of the teachers involved are still in the classroom.

The Government Accountability Office reports hundreds of students die or are abused in class every year.

Many of them special needs children with severe behavior problems.

Strapped in chairs, locked up for hours, given no food, left in their own waste simply because they won't cooperate and there's no federal law on restraint and seclusion.

State laws are mixed and 19 states have none.

Some of the children who died were just 4-years-old.

Teachers say the problem is they need more training to deal with severe cases.

"What does that look like in a classroom with 14 other students, or 16 other students, when you have arms flailing and kicking and screaming and scratching and spitting and biting? We have to prepare our teachers for this population of students," said Lisa Thomas of the American Federation of Teachers.

Experts also recommend minimum national standards and a national registry of abusive teachers so they can't move from state to state.

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