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“You have two adults dragging you into a room and locking the door behind you and you’re just a little kid and you don’t know what’s going on,” Harrison told lawmakers. “You’re not going to be calm. And I know no one else in the room was calm. They were all freaking out because their friend’s being locked in a room. It didn’t help the situation at all. It made it worse – much worse than it would’ve been if I had just sat in a timeout chair for five minutes.”
Jared Harrison’s mother is right; isolation rooms belong in prisons, not schools. But the parallels of between schools and prison go well beyond throwing children into solitary confinement for misbehavior. The whole education system is modeled to achieve conformity and obedience. Institutions are lined with live-feed cameras. Students are subjected to warrantless searches and often forced to give urine. Police presence in schools is becoming more pervasive and lockers and backpacks can be sniffed with dogs. Attendance is compulsory. Students are having to carry RFID badges or give biometric identification. Even the parking lots are subject to warrantless searches. And that’s without even touching on the curriculum, which is very pro-statism.
None of the parents who gave the district permission to place their kids in the booth has complained, Catt said. But because of the many complaints from other parents, the district is reviewing how the booth is used.
Candace Dawson, who now lives in Marysville, Wash., has a son who used to go to Mint Valley Elementary three years ago. She said the school put her child in the booth without her permission.
"He said that's the naughty room," Dawson told KATU News Wednesday. "That's what he called it. He said when kids are naughty they get put in there."
She said she had no idea the school had the isolation room until she went online and saw her son's old school was in the news. She asked her son about it. She said he got very uncomfortable and told her not only did he recognize the pictures of it online but his teacher forced him to spend time there.
I have to say that compared to the giant paddle my school used on me that made my bottom so sore I couldn't sit down for a few hours, the booth sounds like the preferable alternative.
Originally posted by Auricom
I knew very well what I was doing, and I knew the consequence. The worse part of the experience is the pure boredom, absolutely nothing to do for fifteen whole minutes. I was so happy to get out of there!
Originally posted by WhiteAlice
reply to post by silo13
My youngest is in the 6th grade and in an accelerated class. Yesterday, I was told all about what surprises the teacher had for the class today when they came in the room. Three dolls/puppets hung by nooses near his desks (bad children that didn't listen), dental tools on his desk (to cause the kids concern), a hammer (to knock the misbehaving on the head), and duct tape for those that fall asleep. When a couple girls talked in class, he picked up a long pair of tweezers and snipped them in the air at them. When a couple kids dozed off, he loosely taped them to the chair with the duct tape. Now, the kids hesitantly laughed at all of this because it was clearly a joke but it still bothers the crap out of me that this particular teacher basically was using psychological warfare on children who were supposed to be super bright. In a way, it's kind of humorous but in a really, very uncomfortable and disconcerting way. Some curious tactics being used in the schools for sure...
Originally posted by resoe26
If you don't like it, then do something about it! If your a female, have your husband go kick the teachers arse. Or do it yourself. at least give him a taste of his own medicine!
-sometimes violence does Solve problems. IMHO