‘Isolation Booths’ in US Schools is as Shamefully Orwellian as One could get

State laws in Oregon and Washington allow schools to use “seclusion” or “isolation” rooms under specific circumstances, and only when every other way of dealing with a child who is a danger to himself or others has failed.Bate said her 10-year-old son, who is a “general student” at the school, was distraught after he witnessed several students being placed in the booth.Her son went to the office Monday after he was roughhousing on the playground, Bate said. She said he sat near the booth for at least four hours, and saw three students being sent into the booth.“[He was] thinking it was scary, it was abusive, are they gonna do this to me?” Bate said.Bate got photos of the booth the next day and posted them on Facebook. Since posting, Bate said she’s received everything from high praise to harsh criticism, including many messages claiming she had no right to judge unless she had a student with special needs.“I have a 20-year-old daughter who’s actually been institutionalized, medicated heavily, ADD, ADHD, RAD, OCD, among other things,” Bate said. “I never had to have anybody put her in a box. I didn’t have any problems dealing with the situation, so I do know both sides.”Bate said she hopes the Longview district stops using the booth.“If you feel like you have to lock a child up, they shouldn’t be in public school,” said Bate. “I don’t think it gets any clearer than that.”

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