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Student placed in cardboard box for time out, others called mentally retarded in their yearbook

Posted May 22 2012 2:00am

Two stories out today show

In the first (see Teacher gets lengthy suspension after student put in box) as part of a “time out” punishment. A large cardboard box was found in a classroom. When a parent asked what the box was for, she was told that the box was for time outs for another child. The parent took a picture to document the box. Good thing as shortly afterwards the box was removed.


According to the story that goes along with the video:

A middle school special education teacher accused of forcing a child with special needs into a cardboard box as punishment has been suspended without pay.

In another school-related story, a high school in Texas handed out year books that cited the disabilities of the special education students attending, including referring to some as mentally retarded:

The specific disabilties of students were cited in the yearbook, with some labeled as “both blind and deaf, as well as mentally retarded,” KDFW reported.

The yearbooks were collected and new ones are being issued.

note: this was edited after publication to improve the formatting of this article on the main LBRB page.

  1. passionlessDrone:
    @Sullivan - Weird little WCNC logo hoses up rendering of front page on some browsers. Also, very sad stuff. - pD
  2. Sullivan:
    thans pD. And, yes, sad. I seriously can't express how these stories affect me.
  3. David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E.:
    The teacher must be stupid for thinking that 'time out' is actually a means of punishing. It isn't. It's a means of withholding positive reinforcement (a different matter entirely and certainly not about removing something pleasant or applying something unpleasant!) ... And time out is not something one uses a cardboard box for. I'm sickened....

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