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Published May 08, 2012, 06:47 PM

"Time-out" rooms are popular, even in our district

Leeds, ND (WDAY TV) -- It turns out, "time-out" rooms are a popular way to calm disruptive children. Including in our district.

Leeds, ND (WDAY TV) -- It turns out, "time-out" rooms are a popular way to calm disruptive children. Including in our district.

It doesn't matter what you call it.

Mark Weston/Superintendent: "detention room, suspension room, or time-out room."

Central Cass School Superintendent Mark Weston says most schools have some sort of "time-out" room.

Weston: "we have spaces for a student to go sit, do work or calm down."

Some parents in Leeds, North Dakota are outraged by their school's use of this tiny, carpeted time-out room.

But Weston says to calm disruptive students in the classroom, or lunchroom, a small, isolated space can be useful.

Weston: "most students don't want to be here. They want to be with their peers, so that's the punishment it becomes."

Weston hasn't heard a single complaint. He says unlocked, open-door room helps curb bad behavior.

Weston: " if there is a scuffle, a fight, or a tobacco violation."

But the room's use is different in a bigger district - Fargo Public Schools.

Dr.Buresh/Superintendent: " when a student is so out of control that they are in serious imminent threat of harming themselves or harming someone else."

Superintendent Dr. Rick Buresh says while they have detention rooms, time-out rooms are designed specifically for special needs students.

Buresh: "it would only be done with parental permission as part of a structured behavioral plan."

The State's Superintendent's Office says there are no rules regarding time-out rooms. They say they respect judgement of each individual school.

That means there's no size limit, and no state oversight.

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