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Published February 09, 2013, 04:20 PM

Controversial practice in schools is questioned in Minnesota

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- The Minnesota Department of Education is asking for more time before it bans a controversial practice in schools.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- The Minnesota Department of Education is asking for more time before it bans a controversial practice in schools.

It wants to continue using prone restraint, a practice used to calm agitated students, until 2017.

Current state law bans it this August. The move is like a wrestling hold, where someone grabs a student's hands and feet, holding them face-down on the floor. It's often used on children with severe mental health disabilities.

Advocates for those children say the move puts students in danger.

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