Autistic boy locked in closet at elementary school
A disturbing story has appeared from Georgetown about an autistic boy being isolated at his elementary school. The small Indiana town has been shocked by a mother’s report about Georgetown Elementary school mistreating her son. The school has not responded to the allegations, but the family has not given up.
Kim Gosnell has shared that her autistic son may have been misbehaving at Georgetown Elementary school. However, she never expected him to be locked in a room that was essentially a closet. The boy became extremely upset while in the closet and started to scratch the walls. The mother explained he managed to reach the drywall while staff refused to let him out.
At this time, the school has not provided an explanation for why an autistic boy was locked in the closet. Kim Gosnell still wants an answer, and she will not allow her son to return to Georgetown Elementary without one. She has added that locking him in a room makes his anxiety worse, so it should not have happened.
This is not the first case of a child with autism being locked or secluded in closets or separate rooms in schools. In Tennessee, an autistic boy was locked in a closet at BonLin Elementary school by his teacher and unable to use a bathroom for four hours. In Kentucky, another boy with autism was kept in a time-out room for extended periods of time at Crestwood Elementary. In Washington, Marshall Elementary School teachers were accused of forcing a student into a broom closet.
There has been a growing trend of creating time-out rooms in some schools across the country. Often, these rooms resemble closets and have nothing inside, but they can be locked from the outside. Parents with children who have autism are concerned about this trend and worried about the impact it will have on their kids.
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