Oklahoma City: Use of seclusion rooms cause parents to pull kids out of school

Dec 5, 2017, Oklahoma City Oklahoman: The Morning Bell: 'No way in hell my kid’s going to school here' A controversial practice of shutting children alone in small closet-like rooms to control their behavior has led Oklahoma parents to withdraw their children from school, seek police intervention and take legal action, reports Jennifer Palmer of Oklahoma Watch. School officials give the rooms benign-sounding names like “blue room,” “cool-down room” or “de-escalation room” and say they’re intended to provide a healthy temporary separation. But many parents and child advocates say the practice is like being locked in a closet, and some liken it to solitary confinement in prison. Students placed in the room often have special needs.