A report states:
Jeffrey Bogrett, age 9, died on December 1, 1995 at the New England Center for Autism. In those days before attention was paid to deaths in restraint, his death was merely noted as "sudden death in restraint."
We can only wonder how many lives which would have been saved if the authorities had targeted this issue sooner. Restraints claimed several lives of children since.
The death of Jeffrey Bogrett deserved a lot more attention than the tragedy got. None had the slightest interest in children with disabilities at that time but the deadly methods continued to be used. The result was that the personal tragedy for his family and 9 year Jeffrey Bogrett himself basically was ignored. He didn't deserve that.
May he rest in peace!
RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS: A REVIEW OF THE LA (CENTER FOR PUBLIC REPRESENTATION, by Robert Fleischner, Kathryn Rucker, and Susan Stefan, September 2007)