Thursday, January 12, 2012

In School, No One Can Hear You Scream: Conn. School Under Fire for "Scream Rooms"

A school in Middletown, Connecticut, has come under fire for placing unruly or disruptive students in so-called "scream rooms".

Parents in the upscale New York City suburb are outraged over allegations that school staff and administration at Farm Hill Elementary have taken to removing problem students from the class and placing them  in a separate, closet-sized room with concrete walls and no windows. (AKA a prison cell.) Parents became concerned after children began telling them about the "scream room", with many of the students expressing great fear at going to school out of concern of being placed in the cell. “Kids come home and they cry, because they’re afraid to go to school. And it’s often,” one parent told a local news channel investigating the story.

Reports of children harming themselves while in the room have also surfaced. (Shouldn't the school have invested in a padded cell to prevent the little ones from harming themselves, like the ones mental facilities use?) School Superintendent Michael Freschette claims that allegations of children harming themselves in the timeout rooms are not true. However, the Board of Education is currently investigating all allegations against the school.

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