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Longview school suspends use of isolation booth for students

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LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) -

A Longview elementary school has suspended the use of its isolation booth for special education students.

The free-standing padded room became a source of controversy with some parents after photos of it were posted online.

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.

On Thursday, however, the district said it will not be used while they investigate recent incidents involving the booth.

The district said it still stands by the belief that the isolation booth is therapeutically helpful to certain children.

A final decision on using the booth going forward is not expected for at least a few weeks, according to the district.

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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