Texas mom accuses school of putting child in closet during outbursts

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A mother claims a local elementary school has been putting her 7-year-old special needs child in a closet whenever he has an outburst.
 
The mother, who asked to be identified only as Ms. Adams, said the principle at Spring Meadows Elementary was the one who showed her where officials were placing her child.
 
“Down the hallway a little bit, I see a closet and she pointed to the closet and there’s a chair in there with the door open,” Adams said.
 
Adams explained that because of her son’s disabilities, he will have outbursts and misbehave. However, she said isolating him in a closet is more than unnecessary.

“Either I’m calling 911 or I’m taking him to the hospital. That’s the protocol. That’s what should be done,” Adams said.

A spokesperson for the Judson Independent School District said the room in question is actually a small room, not a closet. The spokesperson also said there is no evidence to show that the child has been mistreated in any way and that he had been removed from his initial classroom for safety reason.
 
The child has since been transferred to another school that can better deal with his special needs, but Adams said she is still upset with the damage that has already been done.
 
“I’m crying, then I have to pull myself together because of my kids. I just don’t know what to do. I’m looking for help everywhere and no one wants to help me. They’re just giving me the runaround,” Adams said.

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