When mom heard that her daughter misbehaved in school, she understood why official would want to punish her. However, mom was shocked to learn that the school took their punishment of the 8-year-old girl much too far by administering the “jail cell” punishment. If you think this type of punishment sounds like the school went too far considering that the student was only in second grade, you’re not alone – the girl’s mother, Connie Ramstad, pulled her daughter from school and is looking for reformation.
Ramstad and her husband learned how the school put their daughter, Alegra, 8, into the jail cell as part of detention. The punishment included locking the girl in a tiny cell-like room for hours, so she understood what she did was wrong. Think of this punishment as a sort of solitary confinement reserved for violent offenders in maximum security prisons.
“They told us she had been crying for hours as if that was the problem. Nobody comforted her,” Ramstad said, in a statement published for the press.
Ramstad received a call on Tuesday regarding her daughter’s situation. Because Ramstad heard that the school had locked her daughter in a cell and the child had been crying, she rushed to the institution only to find her daughter with terror across her face. She was in solitary confinement and did not know how to handle it.
“I found our girl basically in a jail cell what they call a detention room. This little room is (about) 2 feet by 4 feet,” the outraged mother said.
While the school had punished Alegra for threatening another student, Ramstad defended her daughter, claiming she was just trying to stand up to one of her bullies.
“Why are you being meant to me? Stop being mean to me, or I’m going to tell my mom on you,” Ramstad said, repeating the “threat” that Alegra had issued.
Because the school locked her daughter in a jail cell, Ramstad pulled her from the roster and is looking to file a lawsuit against the institution.
Although Ramstad is on the fence about the lawsuit, many people believe that she needs to take Rock Ridge Elementary school in Castle Rock, Colorado to help. Attorney Igor Raykin wants to help.
“We don’t know how long she’s going to be traumatized from that. She’s been sick for three days,” Ramstad admitted during an interview.
Solitary confinement is among the cruelest punishments that a violent inmate can endure. Putting an eight-year-old girl through it should be illegal. In Castle Rock, it’s par for the course.
“I see a possible deprivation of civil rights,” Raykin said. “This is not the way to treat a child. Somebody should’ve been on the phone with mom saying, ‘look, this is what happened, and this is what we are getting ready to do.'”
The Douglas County School District is trying to recover from the backlash. Their General Counsel released the following 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.”
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