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Longview School District suspends use of padded booth

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - The Longview School District has suspended the use of an isolation box used voluntarily by special education students to help them control their emotions.

The District said they are suspending the box while they review the policy for isolating students who may be a danger to themselves or others.

Spokeswoman Sandy Catt said Mint Valley Elementary School stopped using the box Wednesday in response to complaints that came in after a photo of the box was posted on Facebook.

Nine children with behavior problems used the padded booth.

The box was not used as punishment and most children used it voluntarily to control their emotions.

One mother reports her autistic daughter had been expelled from two schools for hitting, kicking, head-butting and throwing chairs and books. The mother says the box has helped her daughter's self-control.

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