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(Canada) Alberta boy with ASD locked naked in isolation room; rules to be rewritten

Sept 14, 2018, National Post: Alberta to revisit isolation guidelines after boy with autism locked naked in room Alberta’s education minister said he’s convening a working group of teachers, parents and advocates by next week to write a new set of guidelines for schools to use when isolating students with behavioural issues. … His statement comes after a Sherwood Park family said their child with autism was locked, naked, in a school isolation room. The student’s parents are suing the teacher, the principal, the school board and the Alberta government. The lawsuit, filed last year in the Court of Queen’s Bench, said staff at Clover Bar School in Sherwood Park and the agencies that oversaw them committed “malfeasance” and violated the then-12-year-old boy’s charter rights when they told him to remove all his clothes, then locked him, unsupervised, in the small room in 2015. … Elk Island Public Schools spokeswoman Laura McNabb said Thursday the district is aware of the lawsuit and “will strongly defend the actions of (district) staff” in court. She would not say if the board had filed a statement of defence with the court, or comment further on the case. … In a statement of claim filed with the court, parents Marcy Oakes and Warren Henschel said their son is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, a speech disorder and severe gastrointestinal disorders. He required one-on-one supervision in school for his health and safety, it said. On Sept. 23, 2015, their son’s teacher sent them a photo of the boy naked and covered in feces inside the isolation room, the statement said. …

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