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Longview, WA: District faces suit over 'isolation booth'

Nov 29, 2017, Longview (WA) Daily News: Parents file civil rights suit over Mint Valley 'isolation booth' http://tdn.com/news/local/parents-file-civil-rights-suit-over-mint-valley-isolation-booth/article_ea22c361-9710-57ed-9ad1-340e63f31517.html The Longview School District is facing a federal civil rights lawsuit over the use of a controversial “isolation booth” at Mint Valley Elementary School — the same booth that sparked a local outcry almost exactly five years ago.... The case dates back to Nov. 26, 2012, when Longview mother Ana Bate posted photos on Facebook showing a windowless, 4x4-foot padded “box” at Mint Valley Elementary. Other than a few peepholes, there was no way to see in or out of the padded enclosure. Bate said her son, who was a Mint Valley student at the time, told her that school officials were placing kids inside the booth “for normal things we all do.” The following day, the school’s principal sent a letter home advising parents that the booth was only used for children who have individualized education plans (IEPs) and whose parents had given consent. The booth was used to control students who were experiencing violent outbursts or simply needed a quiet place to calm down, the district said. But local furor prompted the district to conduct a review and the booth was removed just six days later after the photos surfaced online. … Now at least four different parties have been accused of violating at least two former students’ state and civil rights. The underlying lawsuit was first filed on Nov. 15, 2015, which claims at least five general education students were confined in the booth without parental consent. …