Colorado – An 8-year-old child was removed from school after her parents said she was forced to sit for hours in a tiny room that felt like a cell. Used for detention, the tiny room isolated the child, who was reportedly crying.
The girl’s mother was outraged that she’d been informed about the treatment by the school in a manner that seemed to be critical of her daughter.
“They told us she had been crying for hours as if that was the problem. Nobody comforted her,” said the girl’s mother, Connie Ramstad.
According to the Denver 7, Ramstad received the call on Tuesday. Officials from Rock Ridge Elementary, located in Castle Rock, were calling to notify her that her daughter, Alegra, was in detention. The mother immediately headed to the school.
“I found our girl basically in a jail cell,” Ramstad reports. “What they call a detention room. This little room is [about] 2 feet by 4 feet.”
Ramstad took photos through the door, in which the child looks frightened, sitting in the room.
As to why the child was in detention, Ramstad said school staff told her Alegra had threatened another student. According to Ramstad, Alegra had only been standing up to a bully.
“Why are you being mean to me? Stop being mean to me, or I’m going to tell my mom on you,” said Ramstad, as she recounted Alegra’s description of the incident, according to Denver 7.
“We don’t know how long she’s going be traumatized from that. She’s been sick for three days,” she said.
They have hired an attorney and are considering a lawsuit.
According to the report, the Ramstad’s think the school should do more to protect against bullying. The issue is personal, considering Alegra’s cousin was only 13 when she took her own life after being bullied.
Ramstad said she wants the the school will take her complaints of bullying seriously, and she wants them to stop using the detention room.
“You hope that people are going to listen, and people are going to care enough not to let terrible histories repeat themselves,” said Ramstad.
Denver 7 reports that the Douglas County School District General Counsel said in a statement, “The safety of our students is of the utmost priority. However, because of the student privacy issues involved in this matter, we cannot discuss the specific facts underlying the allegations.”
They did admit that there was a “private room in the main office at Rock Ridge Elementary School that is used appropriately for student detention and safety purposes.”
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