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Should Seclusion Rooms Be Banned?

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What do you do with a child that is out of control at school and may pose a risk to other students or a teacher? That question is being pondered by Oregon lawmakers as they consider whether to ban the use of certain types of rooms used to put students in seclusion when they act out.

Some special education experts say that isolating a student who may be a threat to others nearby is a necessary (pdf) option, but critics say the rooms are used more often than they should be.

Have you or your child ever been put in a seclusion room? Are you a teacher or administrator who uses them?


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