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Eureka, MO: 8 yr old put in isolation room "over and over again"; tries to commit suicide at school

Mar 1, 2019, St. Louis, MO, NBC5: Mom blames school's use of isolation rooms after 8-year-old attempts suicide EUREKA, Mo. — A Eureka mother is desperate for help after she says her eight-year-old son attempted suicide while in class. Amy Brummel said it happened after more than a year of regular confinement to a type of 'isolation room' at Eureka Elementary School…. Brummel said the difficulties began when she started getting reports from Jacob's special education teachers saying her son was being put in a isolation room over and over again. The school claimed the 8-year-old was throwing objects, hitting teachers in the stomach and threatening students…. "Teachers were restraining him hard, where he came home with marks," she said. Rockwood school district has another term for isolation rooms, calling them 'safe spaces' or 'sensory rooms. They're padded rooms where students go to de-escalate disruptive behavior. In a statement, a spokesperson for Rockwood School District told us: "In Rockwood, we have safe spaces, also known as calming or sensory rooms, for students. Many are located near the school counselor’s or school social worker’s office. It’s a low sensory room to provide a calm environment for students, and it is always supervised by at least one adult who is trained to help the child. Safe spaces do not serve the purpose of punishment for a child." But Brummel says the rooms were used to punish her son. "He was in isolation all the time," she said. Brummel said Jacob has obsessive control and attention deficit disorders and that he can be hard to handle. "He's very hyper, he does not want to do his school work most of the time," Brummel said. That's why Jacob is in a specialized class that has only five to seven students with about as many teachers.. Then last fall, Brummel got the call that Jacob had tried to hang himself in class with his shoe laces. … "How can all five teachers, not watch all five students. Where were they? Especially when my son tried to hang himself. Where were all five teachers?" Brummel said. …


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