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Thu Dec 7, 2023, 01:39 PM Dec 7

Mom visits school to see her 4-year-old in isolation, and can't get answers [View all]

Jhaniyah Holland was excited to visit West Haven Elementary School on Oct. 30 to see her 4-year-old son presented with an award for perfect attendance. Her happiness turned to horror, however, when she arrived at the school and found the little boy isolated in a small room. He was distraught, sitting on the floor in tears and pressing his back to the wall.

The offense that landed him in isolation? He broke pencils and crayons.

The room, with a small, high window that can be closed off, looks like a prison cell, Holland told Knox News. It's only big enough to fit a twin-sized bed, she said.

After two meetings with the school principal, Carl Whipple, her son's teacher and a behavior therapist at the school, Holland is still seeking answers to why the boy was punished with isolation. Chief among her concerns: how long was her son put in isolation, what was done to de-escalate the situation before school authorities decided to isolate him and had this happened before?

"Nothing he did can justify putting him in there," Holland said.


This is so wrong on so many levels I don't know where to start.

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