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Elementary School Places Unruly Kids In Solitary Confinement (Video)

Elementary School Places Unruly Kids In Solitary Confinement (Video)

“Isolation booths” mimic treatment of prisoners

Paul Joseph Watson
November 29, 2012

Concerns that schools are becoming more and more like prisons have been bolstered by the revelation that numerous school districts are using “isolation booths” to place unruly children in solitary confinement as a punishment for bad behavior.

The controversy erupted after concerned mother Ana Bate found out from her son that Mint Valley Elementary School in Longview, Washington was using a padded isolation chamber to deal with students with “behavioral disabilities”. Bate obtained photos of the isolation box and posted them on Facebook, prompting outrage and interest from local media.

The school claims the isolation box is a “therapeutic booth” and that only children with special needs and parental permission are placed inside. However, Candace Dawson told KATU.com that her son was put inside the booth without her permission.



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The first half of the video below

does an excellent job comparing prisons and public schools (the prisons are nicer). The second half blows apart the need to prescribe mind-altering drugs to developing young brains.


The info is out there.

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Let me provide some context

Let me provide some context for the use of these rooms with padded walls. First I have to state that I find the institution of compulsory education abhorrent. School campuses are designed to function like a prison, and that isn't hyperbole.

That being said, these padded rooms are not a novel thing in schools serving students who have been classified as "emotionally disturbed." These students are sometimes schizophrenic, or perhaps have committed heinous acts. There have been instances in the school districts I have worked in of elementary aged school children who have raped (or have been rapped by) their siblings, attempted to sexually assault classmates (and teachers), and engage in other activities such as throwing/rubbing their feces on other students and/or teachers. I have witnessed these students become extremely violent towards both others on campus and to themselves. It is usually at that point that they are placed in the padded room to both protect the other students and staff and as an attempt to let the student calm down. I am not justifying the use of these padded rooms, because I don't know if they work or not, but I wanted to provide some context that was lacking from the linked article.

The use of these room is explicitly prescribed according to the student's individualized education plan (IEP). The IEP is a legal contract between the school district and the parent/guardian. The parent/guardian must consent to this placement, and the consent is done in writing.


The mother stated that she gave no such permission.

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And that may very well be the

And that may very well be the case. I'm not saying there aren't instances where teachers/staff/principles haven't locked a student away in a room or put them in a closet without parent permission. I know that instances like that have occurred. Having worked in special education, I also have witnessed parents lie about what they have agreed to. If it is the case that the school put a student into that room without parent consent, then obviously the parent and child are due recompense. However, this article makes it sound like all of these schools are putting in padded rooms and throwing kids in them for simply "roughhousing."

Words can not begin to explain

Words can not begin to explain how outraged I am. These are STUDENTS, not sentenced criminals or permanently hospitalized patients!

Aside from the obvious mental/physiological reasons, I will offer this for others to consider:

In the event of fire or other catastrophe, if the teacher becomes unresponsive or unavailable, the person inside has no recourse or method of escape.

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this is new?

They have been doing things like this since they took away paddling. What do you think they should do to discipline kids?