A school which puts unruly pupils in a store room is facing a backlash from furious parents who are planning a protest.And what else are they supposed to do, then? Let the little hellions scream, shout, kick, bite and rampage through the school?
Disruptive children are sent to the 8ft by 4ft room, which has no handles on the inside and only a window in the door, until they calm down.
But mothers and fathers have compared the punishment to 'something from the dark ages' and are threatening to keep their children out of classes and picket the main gate until the school changes its policy.To what?
They don't say, but a good look at what they are saying will show you what the school has to deal with:
Coppins Green Primary School in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, has refused to back down, however, saying it is necessary to control 'extreme, disturbed children in a safe way'.Children like this little treasure:
Mother of three Michelle Evans, 37, has had her daughter Rebecca, nine, locked in the room three times last week after being disruptive in class.So, let's sum up.
She said: 'There is no window to the outside world, there is just a window in the door.
'There is no handle on the inside, the door opens inwards. What if a child is asthmatic or epileptic and has a fit and falls against the door?
'It is like something from the dark ages. I don't want to send my child to a concentration camp.'
She added: 'My daughter's claustrophobic and hates confined spaces. It's awful.'
Mummy's little angel still hasn't learned her lesson despite being sent to this ghastly oubliette three times in one week, her mother believes that rather than question why she has raised a child that can't behave, the proper thing to do is whine about someone else instilling the discipline she should have instilled, the mother is so dim that she doesn't realise that 'school cupboard' ≠ 'German-run death camp' and she clearly is unaware that if her little treasure really was claustrophobic, she'd be the best behaved kid in the school in order to avoid the dreaded cupboard.
I'm starting to get a picture of the type of parents that are complaining here, and it isn't a pretty one.
This clinches it:
About 50 parents are expected to protest at the school gates on Monday and organisers claim up to 120 children will be kept away from classes.What!!?! They get rewards for behaving, and none for acting like savages!? Monsters! ALL MUST HAVE PRIZES!
Many are also angry about a rewards system based on attendance, punctuality, behaviour and dress code which blocks some children from going on school trips.
Now, surely these few 'parents' won't find anyone to back them with their...
A 2006 study of school isolation techniques for Investing In Children, an organisation which promotes the rights of young people, argued they did not work.Let me tell you something, 'Investing in Children', the problem with these kids isn't a lack of self-esteem or confidence.
The report concluded: 'Isolation has a bad effect on young people's physical and mental health. It makes people feel inadequate; it can take away their confidence and self-esteem.'
It's far too much self esteem, all of it totally undeserved. It's an excess of confidence, buoyed up by the knowledge that they are untouchable, and that whatever they do in school, instead of hiding their heads in shame, their knuckle-dragging birth-unit or sperm-donor will shamble into school to defend them.
Clacton-on-Sea. One to cross off the 'might like to move there someday' list...