I received an E-mail from my boyfriend alerting me to a news story from a Dutch television program. 18-year-old Brandon lives at ‘s Heeren Loo, a well-known institution for people with intellectual disabilities. There, he has been fixated to the wall of his room using a leash for three years consecutively. His room is empty and looks like an isolation room. Brandon has not been outside since 2007.
Of course, it is aruged that Brandon’s unpredictable behavior – whatever that may be – is the cause for his needing to be restrained. In reality, however, there is no behavior too bad to warrant this sort of harsh and long-term restraining. Besides, this restraining will make matters much worse, in that it likely escalates Brandon’s behavior only more. Fortunatley, the Labor Party is asking for an emergency debate in Parliament, but this is way too late already.