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Concerns raised over isolation booth for students

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LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) -

A Longview elementary school is trying to clear up some concerns after a parent posted photos online of an "isolation booth" for children.

The principal at Mint Valley Elementary School sent a letter home to parents Tuesday explaining that the free-standing padded room is used for aversion therapy for special education students.

The district said some of the students choose to go in the booth for a self-timeout or quiet time.

"We want to stress that the booth is not used for punishment and it is not used by students other than those whose parents have participated in that child's individualized education plan," the letter said.

In Washington, parents are required to approve the use of an isolation booth. In Oregon, the Department of Education said they are called seclusion rooms and the school is not required to get a parent's signature before using one.

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