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*Longview, WA: 'Isolation booth' used for "out-of-control" 5 to 10 year olds in elementary school

Nov 27, 2017, KOIN—TV, Portland, OR: Trial over Longview ‘isolation booths’ to begin—The trial is due to start December http://koin.com/2017/11/27/trial-over-longview-isolation-booths-to-begin/ Five years ago a photo from Mint Valley Elementary School in Longview sparked controversy by revealing a practice of putting special needs kids in small cells to control outbursts. Students age 5 to 10 with behavioral issues were put into an “isolation booth” or “seclusion room” to help them calm down. … An “isolation booth” used at Mint Valley Elementary School in Longview, Washington. (KOIN file) One mother of a girl with autism said at the time the seclusion booth in Longview was a blessing. “They’re so out of control, they can’t control themselves right away so they go into the isolation booth just to get away from the outside world,” Niki Favela said. A lawsuit heading to trial in federal court on December 4 calls the practice “harmful and unconscionable” and says it was “tantamount to placing elementary school age children into solitary confinement,” and caused them to be traumatized, have nightmares, fear of being left alone and sometimes made their “disability related behaviors worse.”…