Watchdog Group Questions School 'Safe Rooms'

A state watchdog group says children at a school for students with behavioral disorders are being secluded in "safe rooms" far too often.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- A state watchdog group says children at a school for students with behavioral disorders are being secluded in "safe rooms" far too often.


The Disability Law Center made public a report in September that concluded student seclusion and restraint at Mt. Iliamna Elementary School constituted neglect.


The law center's investigation into the school started with some phone calls from parents who said their children were being sent to the safe room almost daily.


An initial report released last year elicited no immediate response from the school district. Center investigator Ron Cowan undertook an investigation that counted 879 instances where students were put in a safe room, which is empty and can be locked.


District officials say an investigation into the practice is under way.