Is there something sinister and abusive about a ‘quiet room’ for kids with special needs and disabilities?
Parents of a B.C. boy with Down syndrome think so. They’ve temporarily removed 7-year-old Deacon from from school when they learned that staff were placing him in a 9-by-7-foot windowless ‘quiet room’ when he misbehaved.
Deacon’s mother Jackie remarked to CTV News HERE that “it’s awful. It breaks my heart for my son.”
The school in question is planning to meet with his parents to discuss the issue.
One advocacy group report suggests that students have been locked in confining spaces including stairwells for hours at a time until they calm down.
Some B.C. politicians believe funding for additional staff would eliminate the need for ‘quiet rooms’.
Do you support a school’s use of a special room for special needs students throwing a tantrum? Critics believe the approach is barbaric, but supporters argue that not separating special needs students from the rest of the class during an outburst harms the learning experience for everyone.