UK Daily Mail
Monday, Oct 13, 2008
A school which sends unruly children to Guantanamo Bay-style isolation cells has faced criticism.
Children are ordered to sit for extended periods under a spotlight facing a black wall in one of four partitioned areas of a classroom to reflect on their misbehaviour.
Teachers at Ridgewood School in Doncaster – who call the cells ‘individual study rooms’ – also notify parents if their youngsters spend time in the cells.
A father whose son was ordered to spend a day in one of the units has threatened to remove him from the school in protest.
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Andrew Widdowson discovered the unusual punishment after Kieran, 11, helped deflate the tyres on a boy’s bike, he claimed.
Mr Widdowson, 30, told said: ‘A teacher rang and told me about the punishment and I went into the school to see for myself what this isolation room was.
‘I couldn’t believe it. It was like something out of Guantanamo Bay.
‘The room is painted totally black. The walls, the partitions, the window blinds – everything was black.
This article was posted: Monday, October 13, 2008 at 11:21 am