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Missouri lawmakers looking at isolation room legislation

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Missouri lawmakers are responding to Illinois banning the use of isolation rooms in public schools with new legislation.

Lawmakers said after reports of misuse in Illinois leading to the board of education banning their use in schools, Missouri also needs to take a look at making sure there are rules in place preventing misuse of so-called isolation or seclusion rooms.

"It's something we'll take through the legislative process, we'll hear testimony, but parental notification is another thing that really needs to be happening in situations like that, so don't discount the fact that there's instances where it might be needed, but it shouldn't be a first resort, it should be the last," said Rep. Louis Riggs (R) Missouri 5th District.

Educators said isolation rooms are used to restrain a student who is in a state where they pose a threat to other students or teachers.

The legislation in Missouri was filed by state Rep. Dottie Bailey (R) 110th District.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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