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Arizona Bill Would Allow Schools To Put Students In Solitary Confinement Rooms

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File photo of an empty classroom. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of an empty classroom. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

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PHOENIX (AP) — House lawmakers are reviewing the legality of solitary confinement rooms for school children.

A bill advancing in the House would generally require school boards to seek prior consent from parents before subjecting children to confinement rooms.

But principals and teachers wouldn’t need consent if they determine the student poses imminent physical harm to themselves or others.

Last year, two parents sued the Deer Valley Unified School District for an unspecific amount after their son was placed in what school officials called a “cool-down room.”

Using seclusion rooms is legal in Arizona, and each school district has its own policies.

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