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Children Forced into Time-Out Seclusion Rooms

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Seclusion rooms, sometimes called time-out rooms, are used in schools across the nation, generally for special needs children. For 13-year-old Jonathan King, it turned deadly.

Time-out in the boy's north Georgia special education school was spent in something akin to a prison cell -- a concrete room latched from the outside, its tiny window obscured by a piece of paper.

Called a seclusion room, it's where in November 2004, Jonathan hanged himself with a cord a teacher gave him to hold up his pants.

"Jonathan's case is the worst of the worst, but it should be a warning. It's reasonable to think that it could happen in all the other schools that use seclusion on disabled children -- largely because the use of seclusion goes so unchecked," said Jane Hudson, an attorney with the National Disability Rights Network.

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Anonymous December 17, 2008, 10:12 PM

I know the adopted daughter of a man who used to work in a facility for juvenile delinquents, and, according to her, he used to boast of the high suicide rate among the kids he was in charge of. Obviously the job can attract people who are very emotionally unhealthy themselves, read - sadists? What was the person thinking who gave this kid a cord to hang himself with?

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