Feb 6, 2020, Global News: Mother of Alberta student locked in seclusion room weighs options after losing appeal https://globalnews.ca/news/6514064/alberta-seclusion-room-lawsuit-appeal-education/ A woman who filed a lawsuit against Alberta Education over an incident in which her son was locked in a seclusion room at school says she is “very disheartened” after her family’s case was dealt a legal blow earlier this week. “We’re talking about locking up non-speaking autistic children in timeout rooms,” Marcy Oakes told Global News on Wednesday after she was asked for comment on the Alberta Court of Appeal upholding a lower court’s dismissal of her family’s claim against the ministry…. Oakes and her son’s father had been seeking $250,000 in compensation for their son Aidan from the provincial department and a school division over a 2015 incident in which the student was put into a seclusion room at Clover Bar Junior High School in Sherwood Park. She alleges her son was left in the room naked and found covered in his own feces…. She and Aidan’s father said they never agreed to having their son locked in a seclusion room, nor was the procedure identified as part of their son’s positive behaviour support plan. Global News reached out to the education minister’s office but the department declined to comment.
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