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Winlock, WA: Disabled student put in isolation room with no furniture

April 24, 2018, Centralia (WA) Chronicle: Winlock Mother Says School District Used Isolation Room Without Her Consent http://www.chronline.com/news/winlock-mother-says-school-district-used-isolation-room-without-her/article_1d79fc0e-47eb-11e8-a01e-039407191015.html What educators at Winlock Miller Elementary School refer to as an “independent learning environment,” one mother sees as an isolation room. “I guess it started out as a normal room,” said Candida Jadin, mother of third grade student West Lee. “I guess it started out as, he had his own desk, it was for independent learning and then the more he was trapped in there, he had to earn recesses.” West Lee, 8, also had to earn the right to use a desk and chair at one point, according to school records, and did not have access to furniture until he did. Jadin said her son, who she is now homeschooling, still has nightmares about the room, and has been clinically diagnosed with an anxiety disorder he didn’t previously show signs of. … West Lee has been diagnosed with a “social/emotional” disorder and has dyslexia, his mother told The Chronicle. … “The second grade class had pretty well gotten used to the way he was because when he would shut down, the head would go down, the hood would go up and under the table he would go,” Jadin said. … As the curriculum increased, the agitation grew and the way the school handled it led directly to his behavioral issues at the school.”… Jadin said the school began isolating her son in late November 2017. When her son’s teachers described the room to her, they called it an “independent learning environment.” … “They do not use the word ‘lockdown,’ they use ‘independent learning room,’ which is a joke,” Jadin said. … Educators at the school kept daily logs of West Lee’s progress. A note dated Dec. 6, 2017 stated, “Currently — he does not have privileges for recess, desk and chair, group work. As he has safe days he can earn furniture and tools. As he completes given tasks/assignments, he can earn group time w/ class.” …