Concerns that schools are becoming more and more like prisons have been bolstered by the revelation that numerous school districts are using "isolation booths" to place unruly children in solitary confinement as a punishment for bad behavior.
The controversy erupted after concerned mother Ana Bate found out from her son that Mint Valley Elementary School in Longview, Washington was using a padded isolation chamber to deal with students with "behavioral disabilities". Bate obtained photos of the isolation box and posted them on Facebook, prompting outrage and interest from local media.
The school claims the isolation box is a "therapeutic booth" and that only children with special needs and parental permission are placed inside. However, Candace Dawson told KATU.com that her son was put inside the booth without her permission.
"He said that's the naughty room," Dawson told KATU News. "That's what he called it. He said when kids are naughty they get put in there." Dawson filed a formal complaint Wednesday.
KATU also received a separate letter from another mother saying her child was also put inside the box without her permission.
The isolation box is also in use at dozens of other school districts in the local region, including Hillsboro, Battle Ground and Reynolds.
Solitary confinement is considered by many to be a form of psychological torture. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch have warned that solitary confinement is traumatic for young people. Studies into solitary confinement used in prisons have found the method to be "counter-productive" and have noted that it actually increases violent tendencies.
From surveillance cameras in school bathrooms, to palm-scanning for school meals, in addition to regular police drug raids, schools are increasingly being used not just for education but indoctrination - teaching children that they are prisoners of the state and acclimatizing them to being constantly spied on and subjecting them to prisoner training. Prison Planet