seclusion cells

The Oregon Board of Education has ordered a Portland public school to remove four so-called "seclusion cells."

SALEM, Ore. – A ban on the use of so-called seclusion cells in Oregon schools is on its way to the desk of Governor John Kitzhaber. The Oregon Senate voted Monday to approve the measure that would phase out the small rooms. They’re used when out-of-control students need a place to calm down without posing a risk to themselves or others.

Democratic senator Lee Beyer told his colleagues there are other ways to handle these students.

"I understand the problems that you have in containing some of these young people that have problems, but this is the wrong way."

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers are trying to reduce the use of so-called seclusion cells in schools. The small rooms are used when out-of-control students need a place to calm down without posing a risk to themselves or others. The Oregon House Wednesday passed a measure that would ban the starkest versions of these rooms.