GET RID OF IOWA SECLUSION ROOMS!
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A controversial new type of punishment has been making the rounds through Iowa schools during the last year. Tiny pine boxes with little to no light or ventilation, called “seclusion enclosures” are designed to confine children while disciplining them.
Since when did we start criminalizing kids as a form of discipline?
Many of these boxes are limited in size: six feet by six feet. And they can only be opened from the outside. It’s alarming, to say the least.
Parents do not need to give consent. Children can be kept in there for an hour.
In a recent study of these "seclusion rooms", 277 of the 455 incidents were occurring in pre-kindergarten through third grade. What lesson can a child that young (let alone any child) be taught by locking them in a dark, poorly vented room?!
Let's make these officials get rid of these boxes and find better ways of handling behaviours!!
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