On behalf of four families, attorneys for R.I. Legal Services and the ACLU of Rhode Island today filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against the West Warwick and North Kingstown school districts for excessively and unlawfully restraining their young children, resulting in mental health trauma and physical injury. “Restraint” is the use of physical intervention to immobilize a person or limit their movement; by law, it can only be used in a crisis and to prevent injury, and for the shortest time possible. 


Veronika Kot, Ellen Saideman

Date filed

June 2, 2023