Marysville teachers accused of dragging child into closet

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 1:20 PM

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- Marysville school officials are investigating whether teachers dragged a child into a closet as punishment.

Two special education staff members at Marshall Elementary School were placed on paid leave after a parent of a special needs second grader claimed the teachers used a closet as a time out room. The parent described it as a type of broom closet used to discipline her daughter.

The district says an independent investigation is under way.

Some parents like Lynn Tran say the school is a great place for kids. She doesn’t have a special needs child, but she believes rules are always followed in the classroom.

“If (the allegation) is true, then I’d be shocked,” she said. “There are no closets in the classrooms. The parents most of the time are there. There is no way. I think it’s the kids themselves playing around and put themselves there"
   
It’s legal for the school to have a time-out room as long as policies and procedures are followed. Investigators are looking into that too.

District officials say they take the allegation very seriously, but some parents have already formed an opinion.

“That's what it comes down to. If it was their child, would they want a teacher doing that to them?" said Holly Thompson, parent.

The district says if the law was not followed, consequences could be serious or it may mean the teachers will be required to go through additional training.

“I don’t know if it’s true or not. I don’t want it to be true, but if it’s true, they need to be punished," said Tran.

State lawmakers recently passed a bill that allows students to be isolated as long as it meets the child's individualized educational program. The governor has yet to sign the bill.

KING 5's Liza Javier contributed to this report.
 

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