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DAVID MARK: Victoria's education department is investigating claims that disabled children have been locked up in cages at special schools.
A school principal in Canberra lost her job for putting a boy with special needs in a cage made from pool fencing.
Disability advocates say the practice of locking up children with behavioural problems is actually commonplace in mainstream schools as well as special schools.
They say Victorian authorities have turned a blind eye to the abuse - until now.
Kellie Lazzaro reports.