Toronto, Canada — A family filed charges against the Canadian Peel School District Board for $16 million after their son, who has autism, was reportedly kept in so-called ‘isolation rooms’ multiple times as a punishment.
The young boy, Christian Thorndyke, was reportedly kept away from all the other children at five different Peel schools in Brampton and Mississauga and was locked up in the schools’ ‘isolation rooms‘ as a punishment for his misbehavior and outbursts.
The rooms in which Christian was reportedly kept, were locked small rooms which the Peel School District Board allegedly refers to as ‘alternative learning spaces‘.
Christian’s mother, Karen Thorndyke, claims her son soiled himself in these ‘isolation rooms’ on multiple occasions, since he was not allowed to leave the room, even if he needed a bathroom break. According to Karen:
“You don’t want to believe it. You don’t want to think that these spaces are being used in … ways they shouldn’t be.”
The allegations made by the Thorndykes have not been proven in court, but the Peel School District Board said in a statement that they remain “deeply committed” to supporting Christian and his family.
Source: CBC News Toronto: Autistic boy kept in ‘isolation rooms’ at Peel schools, lawsuit alleges