Report: Restrained Teen Asked For Inhaler Before He Died
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 11, 2005
CLEVELAND, GEORGIA--Thirteen-year-old Travis Parker died on April 21, the day after being restrained facedown by counselors trained in restraint techniques at a state-run wilderness camp.
A report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week revealed that the boy stopped breathing after being restrained for 90 minutes, and 80 minutes after he started calling for his asthma inhaler.
Travis, who records show was born addicted to crack cocaine and had a history of "aggressive behavior", was attending the Appalachian Wilderness Camp run by the Department of Human Resources.
According to an account from an official with the North Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases, Travis was one of several boys who were not allowed to eat in the lodge as punishment for "acting out" earlier on April 20. He reportedly became upset about 10 o'clock in the evening when a counselor rewarded two other boys with a snack.
Six counselors restrained Travis on his stomach in what is called a "full basket hold", with his arms crossed in front of him and held from behind. Within 10 minutes he started asking for his inhaler.
Staff members refused. They explained later that Travis showed no signs of having an asthma attack and had often asked for his inhaler in order to get out of a restraint.
The staffers noticed that Travis had stopped breathing and became limp at 11:30. He died the next day at a local hospital after he was taken off life support.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case. The results of an autopsy have not yet been released.
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