When I saw this on the news the other night, my heart just about broke. This poor little boy. He’s a 4th grader and was put in one of these rooms for sometimes most of the day.
The school “employee” in me understands the “WHY” this is sometimes needed but the “mother” in me is furious. What would happen if we as a parent did this to one of our kids? Locked them in a room for most of the day and not letting them eat lunch or use the restroom? We would have child services at our doorstep in no time yet these schools get away with this?
If you can’t or didn’t watch the video, this is a fourth grade boy who was put in this time out room all the time. His mother was unaware of the amount of time he spent in there. She also said that she had big concerns about this room and she had it drawn up in his IEP (Individual Education Plan) that he only be in it for 3 minutes at a time. She started to piece it together when she’d ask him what he had for lunch and he said he missed it because he was in the time out room and then he started coming home with soiled clothes. They kept him in there and didn’t let him use the restroom.
This same teacher did the same thing if not a little worse to another little girl. They have a lawyer on that case and this teacher is no longer working at this school but is still in the district. Can you stand that?
What also really bothered me about this video is that one of these rooms they showed was right off the hallway. Completely open for all the other students to see. This is just plain wrong and I feel, an abuse of power. I worked in four different school buildings and two of them did have “padded” rooms but the students were only put there if there was an extreme danger to them or someone else. These time outs also work the same way you’d put a small child in one. They are only effective in small doses. Not long term for the whole day. Our rooms like these were only accessible from the special ed room. Not out in the hallway where these kids can be seen by anyone else. Talk about easy game for making fun.
How can you say these kids are learning anything if they’re locked up for the day? This is nothing but cruel. I would fight this to the end and if I found out one of my kids had been put through this, oohhhh…..you can bet that they’d hear me coming. It’s one thing for misbehavior but this is above and beyond that. This other little girl was put in this room 44 times the last school year. That’s almost 1/4 of the year. She was put in there so often and for so long that she peeled the paint off the walls and ate it and the room had to be repainted.
If this is what’s coming up in the school’s and if you have a child in Special Ed, I’d highly suggest you read their IEP’s with a fine toothed comb and NOT let your child be put in one of these. It’s to easy for a frustrated teacher to just “get rid” of kids in this manner.