Prone restraint is neither safe nor is it therapeutic – A prone, or facedown, restraints begin with a “takedown.” Staff then turn the student onto his front and secure his arms and legs. Staff is told to avoid putting pressure on the student’s back, which can inhibit breathing due to postural asphyxia, a form of asphyxia that occurs when one’s position prevents them from breathing adequately. Suggesting that prone restraint aids in de-escalation is absurd. The use of any form of restraint is an indication that de-escalation has failed miserably and the situation has escalated to a crisis, that in the judgment of the staff, required the use of potentially deadly force.